Word 2007 - Instructions for installing the Mangal font
Thread poster: Jegajothy
Apr 30, 2012

My OS is windows 7 Prof 64 Bit and I use Word 2007. I would like to find out if there is a step by step instruction on how to install the Sanskrit font in Word. Also how to display the Sanskrit keyboard for me to type.
Thank u.
Jegajothy


 

Rolf Keller
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Google helped me to help you Apr 30, 2012

[quote]Jegajothy wrote:

I would like to find out if there is a step by step instruction on how to install the Sanskrit font in Word. Also how to display the Sanskrit keyboard for me to type.


You can't install fonts within Word. Fonts & keyboard layouts are system-wide settings.

The info on the following web page holds for Win 2000/XP but should hold for Win 7 as well:
http://salrc.uchicago.edu/resources/fonts/available/sanskrit/


 

Tomoyuki Kono  Identity Verified
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ask elsewhere Apr 30, 2012

I am a Mac user and therefore cannot give you a straight answer. However, Microsoft Word is notorious for its poor support of multilingual fonts. I personally haven't used the Mangal font before but when I open a Sanskrit document (i.e. in Devanagari) in Word or try to paste it into a Word document, it is not uncommon for the text to become deformed. One example I can think of is the breaking up of conjunct consonants such as ङ्ग, क्ष or भ्य (in case the browser doesn't display it correctly, I typed (ṅga, kṣa or bhya). They will be printed as ṅ+virāma+ga, k+virāma+ṣa, etc.

The best place to find the information you are looking for is the Indology mail list archive. I haven't read the relevant posts but I remember seeing similar questions being asked in the past.

Go to http://indology.info/email/
and search here:
http://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?S1=indology

Good luck!
Tomo


 

Tomoyuki Kono  Identity Verified
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More resources Apr 30, 2012

Look under "Devanāgarī Unicode" for keyboard map:
http://ebmp.org/p_dwnlds.php

This is another one mentioned by people in the Indology list:
http://www.aczoom.com/itrans/#itransdesc

More general info there:
http://indology.info/links/soft/

All this set up is fine but it would probably be best for you first to check that your version of Word can support Sanskrit ligatures (see my previous post). I have a distinct recollection that Word messes it up even when you are using a full font with ligatures, opentype features, etc.


 

Jegajothy
TOPIC STARTER
How to install Mangal font in Word 2007 Apr 30, 2012

To everyone who responded with suggestions, thank u.
But I have still not found a solution.
A long time ago I did manage to install the font and also the keyboard, and although I wrote the steps in detail, but alas I have lost the file and I cannot find it. Thus I was hoping that someone out there would have something similar.
If u do find something, hope u could please post it here.
Thank u again.


 

Raju Das
Local time: 16:55
English to Assamese
Mangal already present in Windows 7 May 8, 2012

Windows Vista and Windows 7 support Indic language out of the box. Only upto Windows XP it was needed to be installed as an add on. Of course, one may need to select India as location while installing Windows, I am not sure. Just visit any Hindi website and check if you can see the text correctly, also copy-paste some text in Word, if the text is displaying OK, your system supports Indic fonts.

For typing, get the appropriate IME from here: http://www.bhashaindia.com/Downloads/Pages/home.aspx


 


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