Stereotyping of an alphabet

Did you know that when the Govt. of Kerala began using typewriters in 1970s for malayalam, the official character set was well over 900 permutations and combinations of unique letterforms? The simple typewriter could not accomodate this complexity and a state order was issue to conform the usage of certain letters and styles of kootaksharam that was followed from then on. What a loss, but what is the solution?

About typesutra

Typesutra is type love. love for type. a type of love. true love. true type. Typesutra is a typographer's personal diary from Cochin, Kerala, South India. Growing up with letterforms like malayalam, tamil and the local interpretations of the Latin script has deeply influenced my design aesthetic and found type continues to be my greatest inspiration.

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