[Bug 799565] New: Lohit Malayalam font does not have support for 0D4E MALAYALAM LETTER DOT REPH

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Summary: Lohit Malayalam font does not have support for 0D4E MALAYALAM LETTER DOT REPH


           Summary: Lohit Malayalam font does not have support for 0D4E
                    MALAYALAM LETTER DOT REPH
           Product: Fedora
           Version: 16
          Platform: Unspecified
        OS/Version: Unspecified
            Status: NEW
          Severity: unspecified
          Priority: unspecified
         Component: lohit-malayalam-fonts
        AssignedTo: psatpute at redhat.com
        ReportedBy: samjnaa at gmail.com
         QAContact: extras-qa at fedoraproject.org
                CC: 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 was announced
that the latest 2.5.1 version Lohit fonts support latest Unicode 6.0
characters. Especially Malayalam was also mentioned.

However I find that the Lohit Malayalam 2.5.1 release downloadable from
does NOT provide support for 0D4E MALAYALAM LETTER DOT REPH.

As this is one of the three Malayalam characters encoded for Unicode 6.0 (see
http://www.unicode.org/Public/UNIDATA/DerivedAge.txt and search for 0D4E) it
should also be supported. 

[The other two characters are provided but 0D3A has a wrong glyph which I have
reported as bug 798870.]

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


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Lohit Malayalam 2.5.1 font. 

Actual results:

This character is not available.

Expected results:

This character was encoded to support the old Malayalam orthography. As such it
should be made available for full Unicode 6.0 (or 6.1) support.

Additional info:

You might need to do some smart font programming to position the dot reph
correctly. Note that this character is a special rendering character (hence the
dotted box around it in the code chart

The special rendering is that it should be placed on top of the character
*following* it. See the original proposal bottom of page 3 and top of page 4.

I think the e-Malayalam OTC font
(http://www.aai.uni-hamburg.de/indtib/INDOLIPI/Malayalam.zip) has pre-composed
glyphs using this character on top of other consonants which might help you in
positioning this character. Note that most often it is found with doubled
consonants (i.e. DOT_REPH + GA + VIRAMA + GA etc) so you will have to be able
to position this character above stacked consonant clusters.

I hope this is sufficient feedback for supporting this character which is
important for old Malayalam orthography.

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