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Download/Installation Instructions for IPBS Font

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The name of the font is "Indo-PersianBitStreamCharter" (IPbschtr). It is a TrueType font, modified by Richard J. Cohen, from "HACC Indic" by Thomas Ridgeway, which is based on "BitStreamCharter," a font in the public domain. Both the PC and MacIntosh versions of the font have been compressed for faster downloading.

PC Version (Windows 3.1):

1.) Click on the "Font Download" link. If you are running Windows 3.1, a dialog box will pop-up, called "Unknown File Type." It will say, "You have started to download a file of type application/x-zip-compressed." Choose the "Save File.." button. Another dialog box will appear called "Save As.." It will show the name of the file as "," and give you the opportunity to decide where to save the downloading file on your computer's disk. Either accept the directory that shows in the dialog box, or change it. Remember in which directory the font has been saved on your computer!

2.) Now run the program "pkunzip.exe" on the file "" It's easier if both files are in the same directory. Click once on "pkunzip.exe" and then click on "File" at the top of the dialog box, then click on "Run." You will see file "pkunzip.exe." Space over one space and type in the name of the file to be unzipped, that is, "" Click "Ok." This will inflate "" into four font files called "ipbsn.ttf," "ipbsi.ttf," "ipbsb.ttf," and "ipbsbi.ttf." If you do not have "pkunzip.exe" on your system, you can get it off the web by using your browser and going to ( This is the company that makes the software, and they will allow you to download it.

3.) Now go to the "Control Panel" icon of your system, which usually resides behind the "Main" icon on your "Program Manager." There will you find an icon for "Fonts." Click on it. A dialog box called "Fonts" will show, with a button to "Add.." Click on it. The next dialog box called "Add Fonts" will need to be told the name of the directory where your new font to be loaded resides. Make sure you set it properly. Now the four fonts should show with the name "IPbschtr Normal," "IPbschtr Bold," etc.; there are four. Highlight all four of them and click on "Ok." Make sure the little box down at the right, called "copy fonts to Windows directory" is checked. This should install the font(s) into your system. Make sure you have enabled the TrueType option.

4.) Now go to your browser and select the font. In Netscape Navigator, choose "Options", then "General Preferences," "Fonts," then the "Choose Font" button. This will bring up a dialog box called "Choose Base Font." Select "IPbschtr." Set the point size. Usually 12 point is adequate, but it will depend on how large your screen is. In Microsoft Internet Explorer, set the font by choosing "View," then "Options," then "Appearance," then select under "Porportional Font" the font you need which is "IPbschtr." When you view the translation or glossary of "The Eleven Illustrations" you will now see the Indo-Persian words displayed properly.

PC Version (Windows 95/NT):

The instructions are much the same for Windows 3.1. However, when you get to the font installation step described in paragraph 3 above, proceed in the following way. Click on the "Start" button in the lower left-hand corner of your screen. Select "Settings," then "Control Panel." You will see a dialog box with an icon called "Fonts" in it. Click on "Fonts." Now you are looking at the directory which holds your fonts. Under "File" choose "Install New Font." Proceed the same way as described in paragraph 3 regarding the procedure to "Add Fonts." Make sure you have enabled the "TrueType option" so that your system can use such fonts.