[Bug 798871] New: Please add Vedic Extensions to Lohit fonts

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Summary: Please add Vedic Extensions to Lohit fonts


           Summary: Please add Vedic Extensions to Lohit fonts
           Product: Fedora
           Version: 16
          Platform: Unspecified
        OS/Version: Unspecified
            Status: NEW
          Severity: unspecified
          Priority: unspecified
         Component: lohit-fonts
        AssignedTo: extras-orphan at fedoraproject.org
        ReportedBy: samjnaa at gmail.com
         QAContact: extras-qa at fedoraproject.org
                CC: petersen at redhat.com, extras-orphan at fedoraproject.org,
                    pnemade at redhat.com,
                    fonts-bugs at lists.fedoraproject.org,
                    psatpute at redhat.com, i18n-bugs at lists.fedoraproject.org
    Classification: Fedora
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Description of problem:

It is very good that Red Hat / Fedora takes steps to update Lohit fonts with
latest encoded Indic characters, especially Vedic characters included in
Devanagari Extended block. (See

As a Sanskrit/Vedic scholar I very much welcome this. However, it would be even
greater if the separate Vedic characters that are encoded in the Vedic
Extensions block (http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U1CD0.pdf) created in
Unicode 5.2 along with Devanagari Extended were also supported.

As Devanagari is the script mainly used for Sanskrit and especially Vedic
printings nowadays, it would be best to add the characters initially to the
Lohit Devanagari font so that it can combine properly with the Devanagari

If at all there is future demand for the glyphs to be added to the font of
another script (like Telugu etc which are also often used for Vedic texts in
those areas) the glyphs can easily be copied to those fonts in the future.

OpenType normally cannot join base characters from one font with combining
marks from a different font. So a separate Lohit Vedic font with purely Vedic
characters is not possible.

As the glyphs from the Vedic Extensions block have very simple shapes, it would
hopefully be easy to design those glyphs and add them to the fonts.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:

Install Lohit Devanagari 2.5.1 font.

Actual results:

The Devanagari-specific Vedic characters especially from the Devanagari
Extended block are available. The generic Vedic characters from the Vedic
Extensions block are not available.

Expected results:

It is desirable to have the generic Vedic characters from the Vedic Extensions
block also.

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