[Padma] Re: Indic font converters

Surekha Sastry surekhasastry at gmail.com
Thu Apr 27 11:27:55 EDT 2006

Hi all,

We are definetely interested knowing your thoughts. It will be good to have
a conference chat (either yahoo or irc) so that things can be discussed
quickly. And ofcourse as Nagarjuna pointed out, the work progress depends
on time and resources.


On 4/26/06, Gora Mohanty <gora_mohanty at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> Hi,
>   I have been trying to find time to initiate this discussion for a
> while now, though I have had informal conversations with Surekha and
> Raghavan before. The success of Padma and the Firefox Indic have
> spurred me to make time to do this. I have to rush off shortly, but I
> thought that it would be useful to initiate a discussion.
>   I would like to take a unified approach to Indic keymaps, and font
> conversions, as they both address the same problem, one of translating
> from a given input character sequence to a corresponding output
> character sequence. Of course, there are complications like maximal
> length matching, reordering, etc., and at least a couple of different
> valid approaches to the problem. I have a set of Perl scripts that
> handle all this, and have used them to make converters for specific
> Oriya fonts, and for a Hindi to Urdu transliterator.
>   I propose that we start sharing all the work that has gone into
> individual converters. Irrespective of the particular software
> used, we should at least be able to agree on a common format (say, an
> XML DTD) for the conversion table. One can then translate this to the
> desired format for a particular application.
>   I have more ambitions after this modest first step, but first, please
> let me know if you want to work together on this. I will then prepare a
> short writeup with my thoughts on this, and you guys can also share
> your viewpoints.
> Regards,
> Gora
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