[Padma] Support for Bengali pfr fonts used by AnandaBazar.com

Subho Chatterjee subho.chatterjee at gmail.com
Tue Mar 28 10:40:45 EST 2006

Hi Nagarjuna,

Thanks for the explanation - I crawled thru some of the archived threads
after I email the list.
looks like there is some demand for supporting the bengali newspaper

I have no idea how much work it would be to start adding support, but I'll
spend some time in April on it.

I guess another interesting path to pursue is to contact anadabazar.com to
see if they're planning to move off PFRs anytime in the
near future. If so, that's not much incentive for putting a lot of work into

The unfortunate thing here is that the MS IE on Windows has a PFR ActiveX
control from Bitstream, so if we use the 80-20 rule and asusme that at least
80% of the readers are on Windows and can use IE, then limited motivation in
pursuing it as well.

Alternatively, we can see if Bitstream is willing to open source their code
and we can support it as a Mozilla extension then.

I'll pursue some of these avenues over the next little while and keep this
group posted.

In the meanwhile, looks like I may have a workaround using Netscape 4.x on
Mac OS 9 (in Classic mode on OS X).

On 3/28/06, Nagarjuna Venna <vnagarjuna at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Subho,
> Thanks for your mail. Padma currently has no support for Bengali - it
> will take me a day or two to add basic support. This will include
> ability to transform from ISCII and ITRANS to Bengali. Please see
> http://www.mozdev.org/pipermail/padma/2006-February/000049.html for an
> informal guide to adding support for new fonts to Padma. One thing to
> note is that I've not spent much time in trying to figure out the
> mappings in a PFR font. Most of the simple techniques I use for TTF
> and EOT files do not work with PFR's and there wasn't enough of an
> incentive for me to look into the details. In the worst case, we may
> have to determine the mappings by patiently going through many many
> examples. It also depends on how complex Bengali script is and how
> well the fonts are designed - if it is like Devanagari or Telugu, it
> will be a hard slog.
> Thanks,
> nagarjuna
> On 3/27/06, Subho Chatterjee <subho.chatterjee at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hey,
> > Just found this extension looking for a way to render bangla pfr fonts
> from
> > anandabazar.com on Mac OS X.
> >
> > If it doesn't exist already, I would be happy to put in some time to do
> this
> > if someone can point me in the right direction.
> >
> > thanks
> >
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