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Gurmukhi Fonts . . .

It is important that you have a font that is capable of displaying the characters that you need and, displaying them in the right way.

So, 'ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ' displays correctly, looking like this: amritsar.

  

Common errors are the paer rarra failing to display correctly and the sihari appearing after the mamma/paer rarraa, looking like this: amritsar - wrong.

Another important feature is that the characters don't interfere with any other character set's address space. Some fonts use the normal output from the keyboard to produce Gurmukhi text but without the right font, they look like a string of normal ASCII alphabet that just happens to be nothing but spelling errors.

One example of this is the place name 'ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ' which should look like this amritsar. If this is written with a non-UTF-8 font (one that uses the ASCII address space), when the correct font isn't loaded it looks like this instead 'AMm@riqsr'. In fact, if you use a different font, it can look different again because those fonts are not consistent in their assignment of characters to addresses (ASCII values).

As a result of using one of those fonts, these peculiar ASCII spellings will be picked up by search engines as nothing more than garbage.

Other advantages to using UTF-8 compliant fonts are that: you don't have to specify a font in your web pages or documents (the system knows what to display if it has a font with that address range loaded); and, with web pages, the user doesn't have to download any special fonts to view a page correctly. This web site does not specify any font for your browser to use.

So if you want to have your web pages readable by search engines such as Google, you need to use a font that complies with a standard. That standard is UTF-8.

Here are some example fonts with links - with the exception of the last, they are all UTF-8.

1      AnmolUni  Link  
2      AnmolUniHeavy  Link  
3      AnmolUniBani  Link  
4       AnmolUniBaniHeavy   Link  
5      Raavi  Link  
6      Saab  Link  
7   Raajaa font - free download   Raajaa
*Note - this font covers ASCII-range
and UTF-8 range mappings
  Link  
6   Magaz font - free download   Magaz
*Note - this font covers ASCII-range
and UTF-8 range mappings
  Link  
8      AnmolLipiLight*
*Note - this is an ASCII-range
font, not a UTF-8 font
  Link  

It is fairly easy to find other UTF-8 fonts on the Internet just by using strings such as 'Gurmukhi' and 'UTF-8' or 'Unicode' as search strings (without the quotes).

Download the font and save it on your desktop (you can see it there, therefore you won't forget where you put it).

See the font installation page for details of how to install a font - you will need to select an operating system from the menu on the right first though.

 

  
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