Opening a Kannada Word document

My colleague calls me this morning.  "Hey, I have a couple of Word documents in Kannada.  When I open it, it shows gibberish.  I tried installing Kannada fonts but may have messed it up.  Can you try?"

I had Microsoft World 2013.  I opened the doc and not surprisingly, saw gibberish.  Now the question was what font to install.  A search for kannada fonts gave a large number of results.  There were several kannada fonts available.

I tried with Baraha font from this site.  No luck.
Then I moved on to this one. Same issue.

It didn't take much time for me to figure out that I needed the same font that had been used in creating the doc.  Now how does that one get that info?

I got to the page - how to get a list of fonts used in a particular document.

The answer there led to a stackoverflow question, which was related to programmatically getting the list of fonts. But the answer to that was what helped.

  • Open the Word document as a zip file - essentially extract that file using an unzipper (I used 7z).
  • One of the folders you see is word
  • One of the files therein is fontTable.xml
  • Open it in an XML viewer (your browser is a good bet).

What did I get, besides other English language fonts?

<w:font w:name="Nudi 01 e">

I now needed to look for the font Nudi 01 e.  The search was now easier, and I was able to get a font file exactly matching that here.

I installed that and viola, I could open the Kannada word doc.  Export to pdf worked and that was that!

I did search for Nudi and hit this Government page.  Notice the typo for software in the page title.  But the download link gave me a "Forbidden" error - so much for the official font!

I also barked up the wrong tree by seeing this link to dowload Office Language Interface Pack 2013 - Kannada.  Only after installing did I realize that helps in showing up the Office menus in Kannada!


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  1. hi Raghuram.. i am also facing the same issue as above but both the url's are not working to download the Nudi 01 e font. can you please share it with me if you have it?

    Thanks and Regards
    Karthik K Bhat

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  4. very helpful ! Thanks !

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