[Fsf-friends] Public release of the Rachana OTF

Rajeev J Sebastian rajeev_jsv@stendekrnd.com
Sun Oct 3 02:01:14 IST 2004

Dear friends and well wishers,

This email is to notify you that the Rachana group has released the first 
public version of the Rachana OTF font for Malayalam Traditional Orthography.

It is available at


We welcome your comments, suggestions and other communications. Also, please 
forward this message to lists and indiiduals who are interested in this sort 
of thing.

Following is a copy of the Readme file which is also included the package.

Thank you,
Rajeev J Sebastian

README for RachanaMedium.otf

The Rachana Medium OTF represents merely one artifact of the extensive work of 
Shri Chitrajakumar R and Shri KH Hussein, as leaders of the Rachana Akshara 
Vedhi on the linguistics and information processing models for the Malayalam 
language, and for Indic family of languages in general. The wealth of their 
experience and their love of their mother tongue is visible in each and every 
glyph of this font.

Rachana Akshara Vedhi is the first font to provide a comprehensive set of 
glyph shapes for the entire character repertoire of Malayalam Traditional 
orthography, under the GNU GPL. The Rachana set of glyphs were initially 
developed in 1999, then released by Richard M Stallman at Cochin University 
of Science and Technology under the GNU GPL. At that time, it consisted of a 
set of TTF fonts. These fonts were further expanded by around 100 more 
glyphs, along with integration with the Unicode model, and the result is this 
Rachana Medium OTF font.

Other members of the Rachana Akshara Vedhi, who were also instrumental in 
bringing out this font:

Dr P. Vijayakumaran Nair (Kerala Forest Research Institute)
N. Gangadharan (Malayalam Lexicon)
Subash Kuriakose (Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)

The following have also contributed immensely towards the creation of the 

Dr Mammen Chundamannil (Kerala Forest Research Institute)
Rajeev J Sebastian (Stendek R&D)
Anwar Ummer (FSUG-CUSAT)
PM Hashim (Design Difference)
Ramakrishnan M. (debian.org)
Raghavendra Bhat (FSUG-Kochi)

Rachana Medium OTF typeface was developed using Free software: Fontforge 
(earlier versions are also called Pfaedit).

Legal Information

    Rachana Medium OTF Font
    Copyright (C) 2004  Rachana Akshara Vedhi

    This font is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
    (at your option) any later version.

    This font is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    GNU General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
    along with this font; if not, write to the Free Software
    Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA
Please see the LICENSE file for a detailed license agreement.


All patches to this font, and any questions should be directed to 

Please prefix the word [Rachana] to the subject line

September 2, 2004
Rajeev J Sebastian

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