Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday sought to know from the State Government why it could not prescribe uniform standards for bilingual fonts for developing software in Kannada.

The court was dealing with a petition by some software companies that had questioned the rationale of the Government going in for Nudi software for e-governance.

They claimed that Nudi is creating a monopoly and stifling competition. They said there is no scientific basis for the State to prefer Nudi over other compatible softwares.

The Government argued that Nudi was a free software and that it was essentially being used by Government departments. It said it was the best among the softwares available.

An official of the Department of e-governance, who was present in the court, said more developed and sophisticated tools are now available. Justice A.S. Bopanna, who is hearing the petition, asked why it could not formulate a uniform bilingual font. He asked the State to look into the suggestion.