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DEVELOPER'S NOTE

The necessity to have  Tirhuta Lipi on computers is long felt. And now, through the persevered efforts, we are fascinated to see our native and beautiful writing characters, the Tirhuta Lipi, on the computer. But still, we have long to go; there are many issues, now uncovered, that need our careful attention, wide planning and hard work. Collective help and supports are required from developers, experts and linguists; to discuss further on following issues, and to extend the work to develop a standard for Tirhuta Lipi.

Some Characteristics of Tirhuta Lipi

  • The Tirhuta Lipi is characterized by quick to write manually, as alphabets require minimum number of pen lift over. But this complicates its implementation in computer, as almost every alphabet  changes its shape when it is compounded with other alphabets (including 'swar matra')
    For example: Shapes of HA in HU , HRI, HYA, HLA, HYA, HGA etc. are different.

  • The ways of adding U to different consonants varies. Sometimes, the shape of a consonant is completely changed after adding U.
    Example: The shapes of KU and HU are completely different from KA and HA respectively. 

  • The MATRA symbols and their positions are different for KHU, JU, DHU, RU, YU, SHU, TRU etc.

Issues

Should we include all those variations in our Standard? If only selected to retain, which characters's variation should we include?

The integration of all variations is not impossible, but it makes the font much complicated to use. Then, an exhaustive training will be required to use the font, which will not be in favor to promote the number of users of the font. For this reason, we have seleted almost same keyboard layout as that of PREETI font, so that all users familiar to PREETI font can use Tirhuta font easily. Further, this will help to change the text directly from PREETI font to TIRHUTA font with some minor corrections.

But this choice leads to some constraints: we have limited characters and compounds. And the major question is, if we don't have all the compounds, how we are going to write half-characters for CHA, YN, JHA, TA, PHA, BA, RA, WA,SHA, KSHA, TRA and GYA. (which are available in DEVNAGARI, but not 'distinctively' in TIRHUTA) Should we use HALANTA for these?

Should we devise a  printed writing system for TIRHUTA Lipi(which will be slightly different from manual way of writing charaters) considering these facts?

After, considering these issues, we will be also thinking about the aesthetic shapes and proportion of the characters. Some characters have different shapes as well, like RA and  BA. Which one  should we use for our standard?

Experts/Linguists:

We ask experts and linguists to have extensive discussion on these issues, and propose for a common protocol to be accepted as a standard for Tirhuta Lipi.

Developers:

Developers can upgrade the font, without altering the font information. We request them to upgrade adapting a common way, so that we can reach  to a  standard. Please, let us know about your upgrading through email.

 

 

To send feedback: tirhutalipi@yahoo.com

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