Dear Adobe Community,
I am working on a book project where I need to transliterate Sanskrit / Hindi / Devanagari Script into English in Indesign CS 5.5
The book project is for an English Commentary on Bhagwad Geeta--where first we will first have the Devanagari script, and then have a transliteration into English so people can read them.
So we will need to put short horizontal lines above some vowels, as well as a small dot sometimes above and sometimes below certain consonants to show how to pronounce the words for those who cannot read the original foreign script. In some cases a slanted line would be used (rarely) and sometimes a tilda would be used (rarely).
Suggestions, pointers etc will be appreciated.
Detailed step by step instructions would be most helpful as I am new to the bookmaking process in the software.
Thank you very much for your assistance.
I am familiar with a large India-based spiritual organization which frequently publishes in transliterated English. One of their swamis used a font editing application to create a custom font many years ago which is still being used. He probably used a product from a company called FontLab. It has a variety of products at different price levels:
I have never used a font editor, but you might start here.
It's not really an InDesign issue. Such a font could be used in other applications as well.