This website has adopted
Unicode (UTF-8) as the "encoding" scheme for its Bangla fonts. In order
to view this website, you need to have your computer set up to see web pages
encoded in Unicode Bangla scripts. To do this, you need to have a Unicode
capable browser and Unicode Bangla fonts. Modern browsers following open
web standards like
Safari, and current versions of
Internet Explorer support viewing Bangla scripts (and indic scripts
in general) once you have enabled unicode support in your operating system
and installed the fonts.
Check for existing support
The following image shows you how a correctly enabled
computer will render the Bangla script:
The following line of text shows how your computer renders
the above line:
ক + ি → কি
If the rendering on your computer matches the rendering
on the image, then you have already enabled complex text support for Bangla
and should be able to view text correctly in Bangla script. However, this
does not mean you will be able to edit text in Bangla. To edit such text
you need to install the appropriate keyboard software on your operating
Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
Go through the following steps:
- Download the latest version of
Internet Explorer (IE7),
Opera (Opera 9) or
Firefox browser (Firefox 2.0 or later)
- Download Unicode Bangla fonts from the web and install them on your
operating system; quite a few of these fonts are freely available.
Here is a list of web locations that house such fonts. The fonts
used in this website are SolaimanLipi and Ekushey Sharifa. You can download
these fonts from here.
and Ekushey Sharifa.
- Go to control panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Language,
and check the "Install files for complex scripts and right-to-left languages"
option. You will need your Windows XP SP2 installer CD to install these
- Install Bangla support on your browsers:
- On Internet Explorer 6: Go to Tools -> Internet Options -> General
-> Languages, and add Bengali as a language.
- On Firefox 1.5: Go to Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> General
-> Edit Languages..., and add Bengali as a language.
- Go to your browser's "view" menu and set the "character encoding"
or "encoding" feature to: Unicode (UTF-8).
- If you want to change to a favorite Bangla Unicode font for your
- For Internet Explorer 6: Go to Tools-->Internet options-->Fonts,
choose Bengali from the Language Script pulldown menu and select
from one of the available Bangla fonts in your system.
- For Firefox 1.5: Go to Tools -> Options -> Content tab -> Advanced...
in the Fonts and colors section. In the pop up window titled "Fonts",
select Bengali from the "Fonts for:" pulldown Menu and set a Bengali
font of your choice for various kinds of fields like Serif, Sans
Serif, Monospace, etc. to be shown on webpages.
- For Opera 9: Go to Tools -> Prefereces -> Advanced tab -> Fonts>International
fonts>choose bangla from drop down list. Select Bangla font of your
choice. In most of the cases,opera automatically detects your support
for unicode onece you have it in operating systems and installed
fonts. So, you may not require the steps above.
Windows 95, 98, ME and NT
These operating systems contain no support for indic
scripts (combined letters) and thus no support for Bangla script. However,
Internet Explorer 6.0, Opera (9 or later) or Mozilla Firefox (you need
version 2.0 or later!) should enable you to view Bangla scripts on these
operating systems but you will not be able to edit any Bangla text. If after
downloading the appropriate browser you still cannot view Indic scripts
please install an appropriate Unicode Bangla font.
Bangla script support is automatically enabled.
You do not need to do anything to enable viewing of Bangla