Font related issues

Vishva Kannada uses dynamic font technology. The advantage of this technology is that the site can be viewed without downloading any fonts. This technique works well with most platforms. Vishva Kannada is the first online magazine in any Indian language to use this technique (from Feb. 1998). If you could read the text on the opening page of this site then you already have the requirements fulfilled to read this magazine. In case you could not read the Kannada text, then it means that some settings may have to be done on your system. Please read the appropriate section below for solving the problem.

Internet Explorer 4.0 and above:

When you open the site for the first time, it will try to install the ActiveX plugin from Bitstream to view the dynamic fonts.You must allow the browser to install the plugin. If the plugin could not be installed then your security settings for the browser needs to be changed. To do that go to Tools at the top of your browser menu bar and click at `Internet Options'. Thereafter, choose the `Security' tab, select the `Default Level' button, click `Apply' and the `OK' button. The plugin has to be installed only once.

Internet Explorer 5.0 problem:

If you are using Internet Explorer 5.0 or above browser for browsing the site, some times you may not be able to see the Indian langauge text properly. In such situations Right click on the IE 5.0 window select Encoding | User Defined encoding.

Netscape 4.03 and above:

It should work fine here. Initially the site will look gibberish. After a while the page will refresh itself and the Kannada letters will appear. This time will vary between 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on your connection and processor speed. If you are not able to see Kannada text inspite of this, then you need to enable dynamic fonts in the browser. To do this go to Edit at the top of your browser menu bar and click at `Preferences'. Then choose `Fonts' under `Appearances' in your Preferences window. Select, `Use document-specified fonts, including Dynamic Fonts' and click the `OK' button.

You can also download the dynamic font player called WebFont Displayer from the Bitrstream site, if you prefer.

Netscape on Linux:

We have sent a query to Bitsream ( about viewing of dynamic fonts on Linux. The reply from Bitstream is attached below:

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The WebFont Displayer for Netscape is included in the Netscape setup. Netscape did not enable this displayer in some versions of Netscape for Linux. Adding the files alone to Linux Netscape does not enable it, so we do not offer the Linux version as a download from our Website.

It is our understanding from Netscape that Netscape version 4.73 for Linux should have the WebFont Displayer enabled. We have not confirmed this.

There are two places to check to see if dynamic fonts are enabled in a Linux version of Netscape.

  1. Go to:
    Edit -> Preferrences -> Appearance -> Fonts Select the "Use document specified fonts, including Dynamic Fonts" option. If you do not see this option, contact Netscape.
  2. On the Netscape Help menu, choose "About Font Displayers"
    If the WebFont Displayer is enabled, you should see this:
    Bitstream's TrueDoc Portable Font Displayer
    If you do not see TrueDoc listed, contact Netscape for more information.


Bitstream WebFont Support

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Downloading and installing the font:

If you want to download the font to install on your system for offline as well as online browsing then click here to download the font. This font works for Windows platforms only. After downloading the ZIP file, unzip it to get a .TTF file. Add this font through Control Panel | Fonts | Install new font. The font support is provided by Cyberscape Multimedia, makers of Akruti range of Indian language software products.

If you have any problem, please feel free to contact us.