Technical Details

Encoding

This site has pages written in Sanskrit. It does not rely on any proprietary font-based encoding tricks. The Sanskrit is encoded according to the Unicode standard, and is utf-8 encoded.

Any browser capable of decoding utf-8, and has a method of displaying characters in the Devanagari script based on their Unicode representations can view these pages.

Windows versions 2000, XP and above have no problems. They natively support Unicode. Earlier versions (like Windows ME, 98, 95, etc.) do not natively support Unicode for all applications, but Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 and above should be able to view it anyway as long as the correct fonts are available (see link below).

To make sure that Indic Language Support is available in Win2k, go to the Control Panel, and select "Regional Options". In the list below, ensure that "Indic" is checked. For WinXp, in the "Languages" tab, make sure that the checkbox for complex scripts and right-to-left languages is checked.

I am told that Mac OS X and Unix users are able to view Devanagari characters correctly; I haven't personally tested it.

For further help on viewing Devanagari text on your computer, please visit this page.

Graphical Formats

For computer systems that don't support Unicode, I have provided Postscript and PDF versions. These versions were typeset using the Sanskrit 2003 font.

They are graphical, not textual. So they are not searchable. Also, they are much larger than the corresponding HTML or plaintext versions. For example, the Ganesha Pancharathnam in HTML is 3 kB, the PDF version is 22 kB, and the Postscript version is 120 kB.

If your computer system supports Unicode and complex scripts, I strongly recommend using HTML or plaintext version.