Is it acceptable to ask for help finding a suitable font on this site?
On the stacks that I'm used to, a question like this would almost certainly be considered too broad, or primarily opinion based, but here we have an actual font-recommendation tag and the tag excerpt for the fonts tag reads:
Questions about matching fonts, using fonts together, manipulating fonts, font selection and font purchase and usage rights. Please use a more specific tag if available.
Which seems like the answer to my question, but questions tagged font-recommendation don't seem very successful from a cursory glance and I worry I might be seeing what I want to see, especially as the question I want to ask is ... well, pretty opinion based.
To make things clear, this is the question I want to ask:
I'm looking for an Oriya font with full support for the traditional consonant-vowel ligatures and consonant conjuncts.
For example, if we go to the Wikipedia page on the Oriya/Odia alphabet, we find:
Vowel diacritics may be more or less fused with the consonants, though in modern printing such ligatures have become less common.
And beneath this a table showing all of the consonant-vowel combinations in Oriya, including many irregular ones such as ki:
You can also see from the Omniglot article (and the Wikipedia one, too, if your font supports them) that Oriya has a very wide range of possible ligatures.
I am looking for an Oriya font which is capable of rendering all of the consonant-vowel ligatures in the Wikipedia article, all of the consonant-consonant ligatures in the Omniglot article, and every base character in the Oriya Unicode block (U+0B00-U+0B7F).
I have tried a number of fonts, including Utkal, FreeSerif and Nirmala UI. All three fonts are attractive options - Nirmala UI especially so. Nirmala UI is also the font used in the Omniglot article and obviously has support for all of the conjunct consonants in that article, but where they all fall down is that none of them support the ligatures of consonant and vowel diacritics shown on the Wikipedia article, e.g. from Nirmala UI:
Although Nirmala UI does at least have a ligature for tu but it is not in the traditional style.
The font used in the images on the Wikipedia article, I happen to know, is e-Oriya OT. I was once the proud user of this very font, but it is no longer to be found online (it used to be available from the University of Hamburg) and I lost my copy when my old laptop went kaput.