You are welcome to email
Phil Thompson with questions on Pali fonts - PC platform only.
Initially these fonts were converted by Chandra Yenco to a modified
CSX character position in a Type 1 font format many years ago.
Sadly Chandra has died, however his excellent Type 1 fonts have
been converted to the new format in order to continue his good
Another zip file"unicode_explain.zip"
has 3 PDFs and an DOC file (from which one of the PDFs has been
made) that will explain about the new Unicode character positions.
The DOC file could be used with different examples of Chandra's
Unicode fonts or other Unicode fonts (with Pali characters) to
see how they look.
This new Unicode format allows Chandra's
fonts to be used with any other Unicode font (to be practical,
provided the other fonts also have Pali characters in Unicode
positions - not all Unicode fonts have all the 64,000+ Unicode
characters in them). At this time there is limited usefulness
for Unicode as only a few Word Processing / DTP programs and Operating
Systems allow the use of Unicode characters. For example Microsoft
Word 2000 and above make it easy to use Unicode. Characters can
be inserted by means of the "Insert > Symbol" dialog.
However the Operating System must be Windows 2000 or above.
Adobe InDesign is also able to use
Unicode characters, along with WordPad and NotePad (in Windows
2000 and above). More information about Pali / Sanskrit Unicode
fonts and the fonts themselves -plus more information - may be
found at Pali Font Resources below:
(Ven Pesala has explanatory information about Pali fonts).
(mixed Pali and Sanskrit fonts available)