I last blogged about Sinhala script support in OS X Leopard in April this year and didn’t have much hopes of seeing correctly rendered fonts when I checked out E-Sanvada, a (great new) website on developmental issues in Sinhala. I was very surprised to see this:
The Sinhala script on E-Sanvada is rendered perfectly. For reference, here’s how the Sinhala Wikipedia renders on my Mac,
And here’s another blog in Sinhala,
Notice the significant qualitative difference in font rendering. What the devil is E-Sanvada doing right that even Wikipedia isn’t?
Just to note that I do not have Nicholas Shank’s Sinhala font for OS X installed. I do have the University of Colombo’s Sarasavi font and a couple of UNICODE Sinhala fonts on my Mac. If Nokia can do it even on low-end phones, I wonder why no one has come up with a simple, easy way to enable good Sinhala UNICODE rendering on OS X?
UPDATE – 5th August 2008
Malinthe’s comment below points to one explanation as to why the rendering is so good on E-Sanvada. Malinthe’s own site renders perfectly on Safari.