Report Number: CS-TR-83-965
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: An approach to type design and text composition in Indian
Author: Ghosh, Pijush K.
Date: April 1983
Abstract: The knowledge of letters exerts a dual enchantment. When it
uncovers the relationships between a series of arbitrary
symbols and the sounds of speech, it fills us with joy. For
others the visible expression of the letters, their graphical
forms, their history and their development become
fascinating. The advent of digital information technology has
opened new vistas in the concept of letter forms.
Unfortunately the graphics industry in India has remained
almost unaffected by these technological advances, especially
in the field of type design and text composition. This report
strives to demonstrate how to use various tools and
techniques, so that the new technology can cope with the
plurality of Indian scripts. To start with all you need to
know is the basic shapes of the letters of the Roman alphabet
and the sounds they represent. With this slender thread of
knowledge an enjoyable study of letter design and text
composition in Indian scripts can begin.