New version of Malayalam fonts released

Swathanthra Malayalam Computing project announced the release of new version of Malayalam unicode fonts this week. In this version, there are many improvements for popular Malayalam fonts Rachana and Meera. Dyuthi font has some bug fixes. I am listing the changes below.

  1. Meera font was small compared to other fonts. This was not really a problem in Gnome environment since fontconfig allows you to define a scaling factor to match other font size. But it was an issue in Libreoffice, KDE and mainly in Windows where this kind of scaling feature does not work. Thanks to P Suresh for a rework on glyphs and fixing this issue.
  2. Rachana, Meera and Dyuthi had wrong glyphs used as placeholder glyphs. Bugs like these are fixed.
  3. Virama 0D4D had a wrong LSB that cause the cursor positioning and glyph boundary go wrong. Fixed that bug
  4. Atomic Chilu code points introduced in Unicode 5.1 was missing in all the fonts that SMC maintained because of the controversial decision by Unicode and SMC’s stand against that. Issues still exist, but content with code point is present, to avoid any difficulties to users, added those characters to Meera and Rachana fonts.
  5. Rupee Symbols added to Meera and Rachana. Thanks to Hiran for designing Sans and Serif glyphs for Rupee.
  6. Dot Reph(0D4E) – The glyphs for this was already present in Meera but unmapped to any unicode point. GSUB Lookup tables added to the glyphs according to unicode specification.

For a more detailed change description see this mail thread. There are some minor changes as well.

Thanks to Hussain K H (designer of both Meera and Rachana) , P Suresh, Hiran for their valuable contribution. And thanks to SMC community and font users for using the fonts and reporting bugs. We hope that we can bring this new version in your favorite GNU/Linux distros soon. Wikimedia’s WebFonts extension uses Meera font and the font will be updated there soon. Next release of GNU Freefont is expected to update Malayalam glyphs using Meera and Rachana for freefont-sans and freefont-serif font respectively. We plan to update other fonts we maintain also with these changes in next versions. There are still some glyphs missing in these fonts with respect to the latest unicode version.


9 thoughts on “New version of Malayalam fonts released”

  1. പരിഷ്കരിച്ച ഫോണ്ടുകള്‍ എവിടെ നിന്നും ഡൌണ്‍ലോഡ് ചെയുവാന്‍ സാധിക്കും ?

  2. Hi,

    We have a plan to create a website which supports malayalam meera unicode font. It looks like google IME is supporting the font well, however we are having hardtime to type in IME. Does ISM malayalam support malayalam meera unicode font? Or is there any software wherein we can type meera unicode font?

  3. Great News. Congrts friends – Santhosh thottingal for unparalled hard work for malayalam, Hiran, Hussain K H, P Suresh for creating great fonts and bug fixes

  4. Dear Santhosh,
    Iam a GNU/Linux User for last 12 years. But with no technical knowledge. Now I am experimenting with Sabayon Linux11. Is thereany way I can use SCIM to type malayalam in Sabayon. Thanks in advance

  5. ലളിത മലയാളം കീബോര്‍ഡില്‍ എങ്ങിനെയാണ് ” ന്‍, ള്‍ , ര്‍ ,ണ്‍ ” തുടങ്ങിയവ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യുന്നതെന്ന്
    പറഞ്ഞു തരാമോ ?

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