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Bengali OpenType Specification


Creating and supporting OpenType fonts for the Bengali script

This document presents information that will assist font developers in creating fonts for all Bengali script languages covered by the Unicode Standard. The Bengali script, closely related to the Devanagari script is used to write the Bengali as well as Assamese and Manipuri. Font developers will learn how to encode complex script features in their fonts, choose character sets, organize font information, and use existing tools to produce Bengali fonts. Registered features of the Bengali script are defined and illustrated, encodings are listed, and templates are included for compiling Bengali layout tables for OpenType fonts.

This document also presents information about the Bengali OpenType shaping engine of Uniscribe, an operating system component responsible for text layout.

In addition to being a primer and specification for the creation and support of Bengali fonts, this document is intended to more broadly illustrate the OpenType Layout architecture, feature schemes, and operating system support for shaping and positioning text.


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Bengali OpenType Specification
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