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Kannada OpenType Specification


Creating and supporting OpenType fonts for the Kannada script

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

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