[XeTeX] Trouble with displaying word containing 3 conjunct consonants in Devanagari

Ravi Parimi rparimi at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 20:32:07 CEST 2009

Many thanks to all who replied to my queries. I have tried out a few
different fonts (Nakula, Sanskrit 2003 etc.) and they do a great job
of printing the conjuncts that I'm looking for.


> Hi,
> I'm using xelatex Version 3.1415926-2.2-0.999.6 (Web2C 7.5.7) on Max
> OSX 10.5.8 with Devanagari MT.
> There's a word that contains the following sequence of letters: ङ् ख्
> ये (which is zf + Kf + ye using the devanagri qwerty keys). When run
> through xelatex, I see that the final य (y) doesn't merge into the
> previous two letters. Instead, I see a halant character intervening
> the first two letters (ङ् + ख्) and the final letter (य).   Here's my
> source file:
> \documentclass[12pt]{article}
> \usepackage{fontspec,xltxtra,xunicode}
> \setmainfont[RawFeature={Conjuncts=Additional Conjuncts}]{Devanagari MT}
> \begin{document}
> सङ्ख्ये
> \end{document}
> Not sure if pdf attachments are allowed, but I've attached the output
> of the following tex source along with this mail.
> It appears that the xetex engine isn't able to form a conjunct with
> this combination of letters? I've been able to print other sequences
> of letters with 3 conjuncts without problems, eg. the word उक्त्र
> (optiont+u + kf + tf + r). Any ideas on how to fix this?
> Thanks much,
> Ravi

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