[PLUG] Devanagari unicode: composite letters ( जोडाक्षरे ); latex

Mayuresh mayuresh at acm.org
Sat Jan 16 02:25:24 IST 2010

> showing beyond doubt that it's rendering time adjustment.

These are called ligatures it seems:


"Unicode maintains that ligaturing is a presentation issue rather than a 
character definition issue" ... " the use of the special Unicode ligature 
characters is "discouraged", and "no more will be encoded in any 
circumstances" "

Seems unicode earlier allowed special codes for ligatures in Roman.

Anyway, it's understandable why special codes are not allowed. But what does a 
poor application developer do? Worry himself about ligatures? Will be 
interesting to find out from internals of some of the apps.

In any case a good design should dump the issue to fonts system and not the 
application. Not sure whether it's done that way given the observations in 
last mail.


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