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Gurmukhi OpenType Specification


Creating and supporting OpenType fonts for the Gurmukhi script

This document presents information that will assist font developers in creating fonts for the Gurmukhi script covered by the Unicode Standard 3.1. Gurmukhi is closely related to Devanagari and is used to write the Punjabi language in the Punjab in India. 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 Gurmukhi fonts. Registered features of the Gurmukhi script are defined and illustrated, encodings are listed, and templates are included for compiling Gurmukhi layout tables for OpenType fonts.

This document also presents information about the Gurmukhi 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 Gurmukhi 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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Gurmukhi OpenType Specification
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