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Bhikkhu Pesala


Bhikkhu Pesala
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  • Re: Chrome now supports new "text-decoration" features

    Yes, I noticed this in my Vivaldi browser. It makes it much easier to read Pāḷi words with diacritics below the line if they are underlined, but there seems to be an issue with the ṃ (niggahita)

    Satipaṭṭhāna Suttaṃ Vaṇṇanā

  • Re: Vietnamese diacritic ascender adjustments

    Yes, Vietnamese text needs more generous line-spacing. If using the same font for regular Latin text, then one can set the line-spacing to 120% or whatever instead of using the default line-spacing, which may be 130% or more depending on the font's design.
  • Re: Vietnamese diacritic ascender adjustments

    In my opinion, the best solution is to increase WinAscent to accommodate the accents at the size that they need to be. There is only so much that one can do to squash the diacritics before they look out of to proportion the base glyph. I resized the diacritics vertically, but tried to maintain the same relative weight and width. 

    Changing the base glyph is not a pretty solution.

  • Re: Why FontCreator hardly used by professionals?

    I particularly like the tools for creating/editing OT features in Font Creator.
    The Visual OpenType Designer certainly makes it easier for non-professionals to add OpenType Features, but Professional font designers are probably more comfortable with coding. I know at least one FontCreator user who prefers to use the Code Editor, and I often use it myself too, although the visual approach is more convenient for seeing how things work.

    Now that I have designed my fonts, I import scripts into the Code Editor, and maybe add a few lookup substitutions or change the precedence of lookups, but I don't often add new features. I do sometimes add new languages, which also requires some cut and paste in the Code Editor. The Visual Designer is great for testing if features work as designed. 

  • Re: Macron on Top

    On this page it says that it was distributed by Microsoft, but has now been replaced by an updated version of TNR with the full Latin Extended Additional glyph coverage:

    Times Extended Roman (TXR) was promulgated by Microsoft during the
    early 2000's as a kind of stopgap measure due to the broad
    implementation of Unicode throughout their system. Times New Roman
    (TNR) did not yet cover the Unicode Latin Extended Additional area
    that included many essential fonts needed by scholars of Buddhism,
    most notably underdot characters. TXR was released with coverage of
    this area.
    However, with the release of Windows Vista and Office 2007 (and of
    course, Win7 and Office 2010), Microsoft updated TNR to cover these
    areas (and more, and with more refined technology), making TXR