Wednesday, October 10, 2007

ഓപ്പണ്‍ ഓഫീസില്‍ മെച്ചപ്പെട്ട മലയാളം(ഡെബിയന്‍ എച്ച്)

ഓപ്പണ്‍ ഓഫീസ് ഇപ്പോള്‍ സിസ്റ്റത്തില്‍ നിന്നുള്ള icu ലൈബ്രറിയാണ് ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നത്.പാന്‍ഗോയില്‍ ചെയ്തതുപോലെയുള്ള പാച്ച് icu-വിലും ചെയ്തപ്പോള്‍ മലയാളം കാഴ്ചയ്ക്ക് മെച്ചപ്പെട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്.പാച്ച് ചെയ്ത icu-ലൈബ്രറി(ഡെബിയന്‍ എച്ചിനുള്ളത്), libicu36 പാക്കേജ് ഇവിടെ നിന്ന് ഡൌണ്‍ലോഡ് ചെയ്യാം.

ഇത് icu പാച്ച് ചെയ്തതിനുശേഷമുള്ള സ്ക്രീന്‍ഷോട്ട്.

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സുനീഷ് കെ. എസ്. said...

എന്റെ ഓഫീസ് കമ്പ്യുട്ടറില് എം,എസ് വേര്ഡ്+കീമാനും, റൂമില് ലാപ്ടോപ്പില് ഓപ്പണ് ഓഫീസ്+ വരമൊഴിയുമാണ് ഞാന് ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നത്. ഈ പാക്കേജ് ഡൌണ്ലോഡ് ചെയ്തു കഴിഞ്ഞാല് കീമാന് പോലെ തന്നെ ഉപയോഗിക്കാമോ? ഉപയോഗക്രമം ഒന്നു പറഞ്ഞു തരാമോ?

സുറുമ || suruma said...

ഡെബിയന്‍ ഗ്നൂലിനക്സില്‍ ഓപ്പണ്‍ഓഫീസ് ഉപയോഗിക്കാനാണിത്.സുനീഷിന്റെ ഓപ്പണ്‍ഓഫീസ് ഗ്നൂലിനക്സില്‍ ആണോ ഓടുന്നത്?

വൈവസ്വതന്‍ | vaivaswathan said...

maashe, me a novice, facing some problems with debian on my home pc. could you please give me your mail id or mail me .

സുറുമ || suruma said...


Please subscribe to the smc group (smc-discuss[at] where we can discuss issues regarding debian GNU/Linux.

Dave said...


I'm a student at The University of Reading, UK, on the Masters degree in Typeface Design - - and am working on free software fonts.

A significant part of the course is developing our typeface into a family with a complex script complement, and full OpenType features.

I am considering designing an original Malayalam typeface designed for reading long passages of text on screen, that will be wholly created with and released as free software.

I found your recently released Meera OpenType font, so I thought I'd drop you a line to ask if you'd like to be involved in my project as someone to give me feedback :-)

What software did you use to create Meera? :-)

Do you know how many Malayalam free software fonts already exist? I see and have found yours, but I wonder if others are out there - and are really free software, not just freeware.


Dave said...

Oh, my email address is dave (a) lab6 . com :-)

സുറുമ || suruma said...

It is heartening to know that you are going to design/develop a free software font for Malayalam.Because I use free software only.

I am not an expert in font design but happened to make one because of the desire to see properly rendered Malayalam text.The result is suruma, a traditional lipi font.( is incompatible with uniscribe specs.

My orthographic inspiration is Rachana, the complete traditional lipi font designed by Mr.Hussain who is a part of Rachana Aksharavedi which strives for the preservation of Malayalam orthography in its original form.The major contribution of Meera is from Mr.Hussain.

When I made suruma, I departed from the uniscribe standard for opentype tables.The main variation was the treatment of post-base forms of YA,RA,LA and VA.In uniscribe they are tagged as 'pstf'(post base form) for the GSUB.The 'pstf' necessitates a rarrangement of characters by the rendering mechanism before they are GSUBed.This posed some problems with the rendering/shaping system called pango.So I changed them to 'akhn'(akhand) with a VIRAMA preceding sequence which means they won't undergo the rearrangement process.Consequently pango need to be modified, too.These variations are incompatible with the uniscribe specs.So I added 'pstf' tags also for the post-base glyphs in the g02 versions of Rachana and Meera.

Fontforge is perhaps the one and only free software tool now available for opentype font making.It fits the bill if you are going to develop a font for the pango/freetype/cairo trio.

Meanwhile, AnjaliOldLipi(by Mr.Kevin) is the most widely used free font in M$ environment because it is neatly hinted.MalOtf, made by N V shaji using Jeroen Hellingman's metafont and opentype'd by Baiju M.(who started off SMC) is first opentype Malayalam font as free software.Jeroen Hellingman's metafont source also helped me while creating bitmaps for suruma.

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