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Devanagari OpenType Specification

Creating and supporting OpenType fonts for the Devanagari script

This document presents information that will assist font developers in creating fonts for all Devanagari script languages covered by the Unicode Standard 3.1, including classical Sanscrit. Other languages written with the Devanagari script include; Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Marathi, Nepali and Sindhi. Font developers will learn how to encode complex script features in their fonts, choose character sets, organize font information, and use existing tools to produce Devanagari fonts. Registered features of the Devanagari script are defined and illustrated, encodings are listed, and templates are included for compiling Devanagari layout tables for OpenType fonts.

Devanagari shaping

Reph feature applied with multiple consonants.

This document also presents information about the Devanagari OpenType shaping engine of Uniscribe, an operating system component responsible for text layout.

In addition to being a primer and specification for the creation and support of Devanagari fonts, this document is intended to more broadly illustrate the OpenType Layout architecture, feature schemes, and operating system support for shaping and positioning text.


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this page was last updated 20 March 2002
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Devanagari OpenType Specification
Microsoft Typography | Developer information | Specifications | OpenType font development