[XeTeX] Combining consonant with elongated r vowel (ऋ) in Devanagari using Mac

Ravi Parimi rparimi at gmail.com
Sun Sep 13 22:43:41 CEST 2009

On Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 12:45 PM, Jonathan Kew <jfkthame at googlemail.com> wrote:

> If you give specific examples of the characters (or combinations) you are
> looking for, perhaps someone will be able to either suggest alternative
> fonts (it may be that some of the available OpenType fonts implement a
> richer collection of conjunct forms, for example), or point out how you
> should be representing them in your text.
> The basic issue is not what is "present in Mac", but what characters are
> available in Unicode -- and unless your needs are remarkably unusual, I'd
> expect Unicode to include everything you need, it may just be a question of
> understanding how to use the available characters.

Thanks Jonathan and Ross for your replies. I think the obstacle I'm
faced with is understanding how to use the current set of unicode
characters that Mac provides. I found it unusual that there was no
easy way to input त + ऋ directly from the available keys. Following
Ross' suggestion, I was able to insert this character at the desired
location in my text by picking it from the character palette.

I used the Velthuis fonts/processing system previously to create a few
docs and liked the variation in font styles that it offered (e.g
bombay, calcutta, pen). The project website for devnag says that it
now supports typesetting devanagari with xetex, and also verified this
with an example that was included in the Velthuis package.

Without using the Velthuis package, is it possible to generate a
devanagari doc with different kinds of fonts? This doesn't seem
feasible given that I'm only using the Devanagari MT font in my tex
sources. I'd like to know if there are any other devanagari fonts
available for Mac.


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