Sinhala language display capability on OS X has improved. It actually readable since I last whined about it 3 years ago. All that’s require is installing Nick Shank’s Mac version of Malithi Web (there are other fonts for those with the time to Google further).
Its easy on the eyes on my Macbook pro running OSX 10.6.9. Increasing the text size by 1 level makes thing more comfortable. The ispili papili issue Sanjana mentioned in an earlier post seems to be history.
Being grateful for such basics doesn’t remove the eternal issue of Sinhala language support on the web in general – which is that you’ve got to install something to read it – let along input text. At least for the web I wish there is a google webfont or Typekit like solution for content providers. I’m sure the politics of that will trigger yet another tedious futile online brawl. Perhaps I’m being pessimistic but I’ve been on the internet long enough to know the way things flow.
So here’s the state of Sinhala font display circa late mid 2011 screen grabbed off FF5 on OSX 10.6.8 (yes I’m a slob at updating). The site is webalochana.blogspot.com.