CS Indic character set

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The CS Indic character set, or the Classical Sanskrit Indic Character Set, is used by LaTeX represent text used in the Romanization of Sanskrit.[1] It is used in fonts, and is based on Code Page 437.[2] Extended versions are the CSX Indic character set and the CSX+ Indic character set.[3][4]

Code page layout[edit]

CS Indic[5]
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
Ax ñ Ñ
Ex ā Ā ī Ī ū Ū
Fx ś Ś


The CS and CSX character set was defined during an informal discussion over a beer between John Smith, Dominik Wujastyk and Ronald E. Emmerick during the World Sanskrit Conference in Vienna, 1990. A few months later they were endorsed by several other Indologists including Harry Falk, Richard Lariviere, G. Jan Meulenbeld, Hideaki Nakatani, Muneo Tokunaga, and Michio Yano.[5]


  1. ^ Anshuman Pandey (December 1998). "Romanized Indix and LaTex" (PDF). TUGboat. 19 (4). TeX Users Group: 417.
  2. ^ "CTAN: /Tex-archive/Fonts/CSX/Fonts/Charter".
  3. ^ "Classical Sanskrit eXtended encoding for the representation of Indian languages in Roman script".
  4. ^ "The CSX+ encoding (Classical Sanskrit eXtended Plus) encoding used in (La)TeX".
  5. ^ a b Wujastyk, Dominik (1990). "HUMANIST listserv report". HUMANIST.