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Challenges

1.    The Kannada script is curvy and right decisions have to be taken when the forms are derived on the pixel grid
2.    Every akshara (letter) in the Kannada script can be categorized according to their basic forms irrespective of the fact whether it is a vowel or a consonant. (Thanks to Suresh, who had provided this important insight when Asutosh, my senior, had presented an Oriya typeface in his jury.)
3.    Compatibility is also a major issue. How would the Kannada typeface look on a browser loaded in a 160 x 160 pixel PDA, a 320 x 240 pixel PocketPC or maybe a Web-enabled microwave oven?
4.    It is important not to waste too much time on research because there are enough projects done on south-indian scripts. So the project should build upon those projects rather than starting from scratch. This way the effective output will be one level up.
5.    Although, familiarity of the Kannada script helps, it is essential to base all designs on the right proportion of every akshara and negate self by executing the understood task. To achieve that, thorough understanding of letterforms is necessary.

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Rendering

When a Kannada typeface is imposed on the grid, the lines that fall on the horizontal, vertical, or at 45 degree angle, don’t cause any problem. But the lines that fall at any other angle are approximated. Rendering of the Kannada typeface on the screen is a debatable issue.

There are two ways to tackle rendering issues:

1. At the expense of compromising on the proportion of the character, we can align the strokes with the grid. Since the script that is in question is Kannada, this seems like a non-viable option.

2. The other solution is to work on the tonal illusion. By putting lighter tones of pixels around the strokes that fall inbetween two pixels, we can achieve smooth rendering. The typefaces that are designed using this rendering technique are called super-pixel type.