Getting & Installing Sanskrit fonts

(5) Selecting/testing your browser

If you prefer, or if the steps given here did not work for you, you can go off-site and follow these instructions on the Devanagari help pages at Wikipedia. And/or if you would prefer to use a different Sanskrit font, then you can select from amongst the many listed on this page (hosted by WAZU Japan).

If you have no particular interest in seeing this site or the Sanskrit fonts correctly, then you can pretty much use any browser/operating system combination that you like. You are done! Also remember that if you want to print anything out, you can always use the pdf versions provided.

A) Possible issues with Cascading Style Sheets
A first issue, in viewing this site, is that it uses CSS or the current "Cascading StyleSheets" Technology. In theory, all browsers from Internet Explorer 4 and Netscape 4 onwards support CSS, but unfortunately some manufacturers interpret the CSS guidelines somewhat liberally or eccentrically, and so can have issues with displaying pages using stylesheets correctly. You are therefore advised to use a couple of different browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari amongst a host of others) to decide on your favourite for looking at Sanskrit.

The underneath only applies if you are using an extremely old browser!!

Internet Explorer 4 and Netscape Navigator 4 only ever support subsets (and different ones at that) of the CSS specification. They both support CSS poorly, with NS4 being particularly bad. Unfortunately, Netscape 4 is a very popular browser, with many people loving its style and its small footprint. They tend to stick with it resolutely in spite of the fact that newer Netscape browsers have come out. We've done our best to bypass NS4's little quirks, but you might still come across the occasional little anomaly. Since stylesheets are now very common, NS4 users tend to get used to it. You should note, though, that the nice things about Netscape browsers are that (a) they are free; and (b) several different versions can coexist on the same machine without conflicts. So if you do observe any little anomalies, you are advised to root around at the bottom of the Netscape home page and then to download the latest working version of their browser and use that for that specific page ... and then (if you must!) go back to using NS4 for your regular browsing.

If you are still using Internet Explorer 4, then very little can be done to help you except to recommend that you move on to something "better"(?!). You can go here to download and install the latest version of Internet Explorer. (If that link is broken, then just go to the Microsoft home page and do a little search or follow suitable links from off that page). Understand that a problem with Internet Explorer is that since Microsoft has virtually defined browsing as a "part of the operating system", it is generally not possible to have more than one version on your hard drive at a time.

As you can see in the section underneath, there are several other browsers available to you to use that display the CSS specification correctly and without various eccentricities. You are recommended to at least try them because they all have their good and bad points. Many people do keep several different browsers available and use them for different purposes, sometimes even to look at the same site and page in different browsers in case they miss anything by only ever using one.


B) Possible issues with viewing Sanskrit font
Netscape 4, Internet Explorer 4 and Internet Explorer 5 and upwards all tend to have some difficulties with non-standard fonts and are prone to showing anomalies. In the case of NS4, this is simply because it is an old browser.

Problems with the Internet Explorer browser
In the case of Internet Explorer, however, difficulties in rendering occur simply because the Microsoft stable of families tends to interpret any and all specifications and guidelines in its own way, using proprietary Microsoft technologies. On the Windows system, therefore, Internet Explorer tends to interpret the coding for non-standard and non-European fonts in its unique way. It randomly inserts incorrect characters such as, with Sanskrit98, > for :. It also randomly inserts spaces between characters that should either abut each other directly, or else should sit vertically right above one another(because Sanskrit does use the 'stacking' principle in some cases). Unfortunately, IE does this very inconsistently. The best advice that we can give, especially if you are on Windows, is that if you really do want to see the Sanskrit characters "correctly", then you should use some other browser to view the Sanskrit pages. Try Netscape, for example, which does seem to render the Sanskrit correctly and consistently (for Sanskrit pedants, Netscape cannot handle the special conjunct consonant symbol which is therefore avoided).

Internet Explorer under Mac still also has a few issues, but less so than under Windows. If you see characters such as > ~ % $ ^ + ? + anywhere within a Sanskrit page, then you can be sure that your browser is having issues, and you should try something else.

There are other options for browsing besides Netscape. The following browsers also work just fine both with the Sanskrit font and text; and they also seem to display the CSS correctiy under the various browser version/operating system combinations that we've tested. These are all good browsers with some very nice features, and are probably worth your while checking out. Indeed, all browsers vary and interpret the code for web pages differently. If there is a web site that you go to often, then it is well worth your while to view it in a couple of different browsers because you are very likely to see things you have not seen before due to differences in browser implementation. Different browsers give priority to different things and they all have to make compromises.

Fonts for Windows:
(0) Information (1) Download | (2) Decompress | (3) Install | (4) Test font | (5) Select browser

Fonts for Macintosh:
(1) Download | (2) Decompress | (3) Install | (4) Test font | (5) Select browser