Lohit font – bugs and a baby

A bug related to the positioning of the ৺ (Isshar sign – U+09FA) was fixed by Rahul today after quite a bit of research by Amitakhya and me. The character was being positioned at-level with the other alphabets:

As far as everyone could remember, the dot within the sign would have to be at level with the matra – the horizontal bar on top of the alpbhabet, looking like this:

According to the Chalantika written by Rajshekhar Basu, this sign is used as a prefix for the following:

1. Name of a deceased person (শ্রী শ্রীমতি শ্রীযুক্ত etc. are used for living people)
2. Name of a deity
3. Name of a holy place

dd told me earlier that, since it was used mainly by printers there had been no standardization. That compounded the problem. It would be great to have an RFC on this matter. As of now the current positioning looks perfect in conjunction to all the shraddha chiti (শ্রাদ্ধ চিঠি) that I have seen over time.

Anyways, moving from the morbidness surrounding this entire symbol, its good to see so much activity happening with the Lohit fonts thats very much part of the Fedora Indic locales. It holds a special place in my heart because… I named them (shamless plug) 3 years back! :-D

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4 thoughts on “Lohit font – bugs and a baby

  1. manish_chaks

    It’s a shame!

    It’s a shame I cant read/write bangla.
    Probably because I have never stayed in the same state ( leave alone city) in my life.

    It’s nice to see so many people working on Indian language translations for various FOSS projects.

    Are you a part of the IndLinux team ?

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