How to find a good Bengali
Bengali Fonts to Choose
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fonts to use for Bengali translation?
There are two broad types of
Bengali fonts used now - ACSII or Non-Unicode fonts and Unicode fonts.
ACSII or Non-Unicode
At the beginning of Bangla typing,
Ananda Computers of Bangladesh invented a way to type Bengali in Apple
computers. They invented a way to type Bengali alphabets by using the ASCII
method and produced some Bengali fonts for this purpose. These fonts are
widely known as the Bijoy fonts. Today also, the fonts of the Bijoy family
are the most widely used Bengali fonts. Some favorite Bijoy fonts are
SutonnyMJ, RinkiyMJ, KarnaphuliMJ, etc.
In course of time some other
groups also produced new Bengali fonts but unfortunately they did not follow
the same ASCII coding for the Bengali alphabets. As a result, Bengali text
written by the fonts of one group could not be replaced by the fonts made by
the other groups. This has created a lot of trouble in Bangla computing.
Some other Bengali ASCII font families are Lekhoni, Prashika Shabda, Bangla
Word, Lipi Mrittika, Lipi Ekushey, iLeap etc.
Unicode Bengali fonts are a recent addition in Bengali typing. The codes of
all of the Bengali alphabets were defined by the Unicode Consortium and
Unicode Bengali is the future of Bengali typing/translation because, unlike
the ASCII fonts, these fonts follow a single coding system. "Vrinda" is the
default Unicode Bengali font for Windows. Windows 7 also includes another
Unicode Bengali font namely Sonar Bangla. Some other widely used and
well-known Unicode Bengali fonts are SolaimanLipi, Siyamrupali, Bangla,
At present both Unicode and
non-Unicode fonts are used and the translators has to choose carefully which
font to use for a particular project.
For web-based contents we need to use
a Unicode font. This is an absolute requirement because now all of the
computers, either Windows or Mac, can display Unicode Bengali fonts without
any problem. So, the users do not need to install any new font or do not
need to tweak their system to properly view the Bengali text. On the other
hand, non-Unicode fonts use many different coding systems and a website made
up of one of these fonts could not be viewed properly in a computer which
does not have that font installed.
It is better to use a non-Unicode or
ASCII font for the contents that would eventually be used in a DTP software
such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Phtoshop, QuarkXpress etc. This is
because most of the DTP software do not support Unicode Bengali fonts out of
the box. This is a shame but this is true. There are some tweaks to make the
Unicode Bengali fonts work in these DTP software but most of the typesetters
are not aware of these techniques because they can not read Bengali.
Why I am the best
person for you to do the Bengali DTP?
I know how to make the Unicode
Bengali fonts work in the DTP software such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator,
Phtoshop, QuarkXpress etc. So, you don't need to spend hours after hours in
figuring out how to solve DTP problems of Unicode Bengali fonts. On the
other hand, although Bengali ASCII fonts works well in the DTP software but
some of the Bengali conjunct characters show distortions after DTP and those
distortions need to fixed one by one. As most typesetters can not read
Bengali, a second post-DTP proofreader is required to help the typesetter
correct the text and this increase the cost of the process.
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