Typesetting software yield better looking documents than word processing software. Word processing softwares are quick and efficient in producing documents for daily use. Books, thesis and works of art require better presentation.
Typesetting is an art and science and requires constant study and practice. However, software packages like TeX make typesetting accessible to all.
In the following paragraphs, I have made a note of setting up your Linux system to typeset kannada text using Unicode. The commands shown below were tested on a Ubuntu 9.04 operating system.
$ sudo apt-get install texlive-xetex
$ cd /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-kannada-fonts $ sudo wget http://www.kamban.com.au/fonts/akshar.ttf $ sudo fc-cache
Note: You may have to install
ttf-kannada-fonts package if don't see the above directory.
Create a TeX file containing Kannada Unicode text. See attached ondu.tex for example.
.tex file to
$ xelatex ondu.tex
The above step outputs the typeset document in PDF format. PDF files can be opened using the evince program under Gnome desktop environment.
$ evince ondu.pdf
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