Tamil Fonts For Microsoft Word
at the character viewer, type 00000b80. microsoft office 2007 should automatically detect the tamil character. if it doesn’t, you need to manually reset the special character range to 00000b80-00fff to include the tamil character.
the tnl font for use in microsoft word 2003 is aalbam-nok which is part of the abvm package found at the kaal box . in this example, the ‚aal‘ and’m‘ glyphs are shifted to the left by 200 pixels from the default location within a 10 unit box. the box glyph is also misaligned to account for the difference in its width and the spacing glyph has been aligned to a slightly shorter baseline.
aligning glyphs, particularly proportional glyphs, can be tricky without resorting to a third-party tool.
you may need to move the baseline further left, to the right, or both in order to get the results you want. in the example below, the’m‘ glyph’s uppermost horizontal edge is aligned to the baseline of the ‚a‘. to do so, all-caps glyphs need to be aligned as multi-bases, a problem which is not resolvable in indesign.
there are many ways to view the unicode transformation format. one way is to use the windows character map, available via start > all programs > accessories > system tools. another way is to use a font’s entry in the global subset fonts table in a font view utility such as fontforge. if you are looking at the character code listing in unicode’s block directory, a font view utility may be handy.
if you are not seeing the tamil characters in a document, check the above-mentioned list of installed languages in the system preferences or regional and language menu. tamil is not listed, so you will have to install it or add it to the list. it should be installed by default in newer versions of mac osx.