Problem with Bengali?


Hello Viewer, welcome to my blog’s Bengali Help Page. I have written many of my blog posts in Bengali so, you might face some issues with viewing Bengali fonts. So, here is a guideline for setup Unicode(UTF-8) support on your computer both for reading and writing.

Reading:

Is your system Unicode Supported??

Unicode Supported Systems:
If you are running Windows Vista or Gnome (2.8 or higher) based Linux Distro or KDE (3.0.3 or higher) based Linux Distro congratulation you don’t need any tweak to view Unicode supported sites since these systems are already Unicode supported.

Systems that would need some configuration:
But you say you are user of Windows XP or Mac OS X? No worry you just need a little bit (ok I confess “a bit”) of configuration to properly view the site. Just few ‘click’ ‘click’ you will be ready to go.

Windows XP:
To view Bengali you need to install Windows complex script to view complex Asian characters like Bengali. To install complex script Go to Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Language, and check the “Install files for complex scripts and right-to-left languages” option. You will need your Windows XP SP2 installer CD to install these new files. You can also download the complex script from here.

Mac OS X:
Unicode support is built into Mac OS X. You need to download and install Bangla unicode supported fonts with Apple Advance Typography (AAT) to enable it. You can download some of them from Ekushey.Org. To view unicode Bangla web pages use Safari as your browser. Currently Firefox/Mozilla/Camino do not support AAT. As a result you will not see Bangla properly on those browsers. To input Bangla you have to download unicode Bangla keyboard layouts. You can download some of the layouts from Ekushey.Org.

Unicode Fonts

Recommendation:

Solaiman Lipi(recommended) is another very good Bangla Unicode font. You can download this font from here. You can download Siyam Rupali from here.

Few other fonts:
However if you prefer some other Bangla Font you can find them at here.

Browser story

Unicode supported browsers:
We would recommend you to use following Unicode supported web browser: Firefox (3 or higher). On Linux you can use Iceweasel.

Browser setup for Unicode

For Internet Explorer: Go to Tools > Internet Options. Click on the Fonts button. Then select Language Script: Bengali, Webpage font: BNG. Click Ok.Go to your browser’s “view” menu and set the “character encoding” or “encoding” feature to: Unicode (UTF-8).

For Opera: Go to Tools > Prefereces > Advanced tab > Fonts>International fonts>choose Bengali from drop down list. Select Bengali font of your choice. In most of the cases,opera automatically detects your support for unicode onece you have it in operating systems and installed fonts. Go to your browser’s “view” menu and set the “character encoding” or “encoding” feature to: Unicode (UTF-8).

Writing:

In case of Linux you have to select Menu>>System>>Package Manager and select SCIM and SCIM Avro package. After download and install them go to Menu>>Administrator>>Language Support and select keyboard input method to SCIM and save changes. After this go to Menu>>Control Centre>>SCIM Input Method Setup and uncheck all options and save changes. After that go to Bengali and select Avro Phonetic and save changes.

In Windows download Avro Keyboard and install it. New Version of Avro(5.1.0) installs complex script and Unicode supported Bangla fonts automatically. So, it will be fruitful to install Avro Keyboard only.

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