How to display Hindi fonts properly in Window Vista, XP, 2000, 98 and Machintosh, LInux.

 Display Hindi in old OS

Windows XP and Windows Vista Users

If you are not able to read the Hindi content properly please follow the following steps.

Go to Control Panel -> Select Regional and Language Options -> Click on the Languages tab -> Select the check box 'Install files for complex scripts and right-to-left languages (Including Thai)'

Click OK


This will prompt you to insert XP CD. Insert the CD and repeat the process. Allow the system to copy necessary files. Restart the system. Now you will be able to read the Hindi content on IE, FireFox and Opera.

Windows 98 and Windows 2000 With IE 6.0+ Users
If you see boxes, circles or junk characters instead of Hindi fonts, or Hindi content but 'ottakshara' not displayed correctly follow Step 1.

Step 1 :
1) Download Akshar and paste in FONTS folder.
Once you install the font and restart the system.
Even now if you can't read Hindi content properly then you can enable indic support. To do that follow Step 2.

Step 2 (For IE 6.0+ and FireFox Users):
Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options > General [Tab]
In the "Language settings for this system" frame, check the box next to "Indic".

Click on OK

Copy the appropriate files from the Windows 2000 CD when prompted.
If prompted, reboot your computer once the files have been installed.
The above steps should fix the problem. If it still doesn't, please write comment us with the browser version, OS version and the problem you are facing.

It would help us if you can send a snapshot of the characters which are not correct. Please follow the instructions below to take a snapshot.
- Open the page which has the problem.
- Press 'Print Screen' key on the keyboard.
- Open a Word processing software like Word and paste (Control-V) the snapshot.
- Save the file and send it to us.
Unicode support in IE browser before version 6.0 is not good. We recommend you to upgrade to at least IE 6.0+

Linux Operating System users:

Copy one of the Hindi fonts file from Hindi Fonts (we recommend Akshar font) to .fonts directory in the user's home directory. If .fonts directory does not exist in the home directory, please create it. Finally run the command 'fc-cache' from the command prompt.
It is very important to restart the browser, only then you will be able to read the content in Hindi.

Mac and iPhone/iPad Users:

Mac : Additional fonts and language kits are required for customers to view web pages in Hindi. For font download packages and detailed installation instructions visit: http://salrc.uchicago.edu/resources/fonts/available/hindi/#mac. We recommend Users to use Mac OS X 10.4 and Safari 2.0 to view the Unicode fonts without trouble.
iPhone : iOS 4.2.1 supports Indian languages (iPhone & iPad). There is no need to install any fonts as it is part of the OS

Mobile phones without language fonts:

With Opera mini browser now you can read Indian language content on mobile phones which don't have built in unicode fonts. For this we need to turn on the bitmap fonts in 'opera mini',
1. Type 'about:config' in mini address bar. This opens configuration settings.
2. There is a option for use bitmap fonts. Change that to Yes.
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