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Abyssinica SIL Font Download

Lorna Evans, 2013-12-13

Table of Contents for this web page:

License

The Abyssinica SIL font is released under the SIL Open Font License, version 1.1. Copyright (c) 2000-2013, SIL International (http://scripts.sil.org/) with Reserved Font Names “Abyssinica” and “SIL”.

Notes to contributors

The release of Abyssinica SIL version 1.0 (and subsequent releases) under the OFL license provides a
means for people to contribute to the project. For information on what
you're allowed to change or modify, consult the OFL and OFL-FAQ. The OFL-FAQ also gives a very general rationale regarding why you would want to contribute to the project.

Anyone can make their own modified version of Abyssinica SIL (using a different name), but SIL International will continue to maintain and develop the canonical version of the Abyssinica SIL font. As the package maintainer, we warmly welcome contributions. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Format: We are open to contributions in various formats, but if you want to maximise the chances of us including your work, please make it available to us (via email or a URL) as either a FontLab database (preferred) or a PostScript Type 1 (or OT-CFF) font.
  • Source files: We’re including the FontLab database used in developing the font. The font, however, was not solely built from this FontLab database, so a simple “Generate Font” will not give you an identical result. The database is provided not as canonical source but as an aid to anyone who might find it useful to have access to it. For those who may find them useful, we are also providing the Graphite GDL files.
  • Copyright attribution: If you submit something for inclusion in the Abyssinica SIL font, we will ask you to affirm that it is your original work, and ask you to assign the copyright of your work to SIL International. This is to ensure that future releases can be made under improved versions of the OFL without needing to track you down for further permission. This follows the same principle used by the FSF. Keep in mind that we are a not-for-profit organization committed to free/libre and open source software, and that any contributions incorporated in the fonts will always be available under the OFL or a similar license.
  • Quality: Because we want to be able to guarantee a high level of quality for the Abyssinica SIL font, we will review submissions carefully. Please don't be discouraged if we do not include a submission for this reason, or ask you to make specific revisions.
  • Types of contributions: If you wish to make a contribution - a set of additional glyphs, scripts, code, etc. - please contact us before you do any work to see if it is a contribution we currently need. Every addition adds to the complexity of the project and needs to be carefully planned. This also avoids two people working on the same type of addition at the same time.

Registration Form

Please list specific languages you plan to use this font with:

    

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If you wish to receive announcements about Abyssinica SIL and related fonts (including updates to the fonts), please enter your email address (it will be kept private):

    

Thank you for your interest in Abyssinica SIL.

Download Font and Keyboard and Installation Instructions

If you agree to the terms of use (described in the license above), then download the fonts from the following links. Previous versions can be found on the Previous Versions page.

Font Downloads

Changes in this Version

  • Improved design of U+1396 and U+1399 (metrics changed for these characters)
  • Added character variants
  • Added variant glyphs for U+2D93..U+2D96 (for Blin)
  • Added variant glyphs for U+12E0..U+12E6 and U+1335 (historical usage)
  • Change in the Graphite feature identifiers from integers to 4-character alphanumeric tags. This was required because although  Mozilla Firefox has now implemented support for Graphite, feature identifiers only work if they are 4-character alphanumeric tags. If you would like to use these features in Firefox,  this webpage describes how to access font features. Existing documents (such as those created by LibreOffice/OpenOffice) which use the old identifiers will need to be changed to use the new identifiers. Future releases will use the new 4-character alphanumeric tags.
  • Added to TypeTuner
Downloads Installation and Use
Abyssinica SIL 1.500 font release (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
Lorna Evans, 2013-12-13
Download "AbyssinicaSIL-1.500.zip", ZIP archive, 2MB [4522 downloads]

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Installation Tips. Within the archive is the font file and documentation.

This font can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.
Abyssinica SIL 1.500 font web release (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
Lorna Evans, 2013-12-13
Download "AbyssinicaSIL-1.500-web.zip", ZIP archive, 2MB [1037 downloads]

This package contains the same files as AbyssinicaSIL-1.500.zip plus WOFF fonts and sample web files.

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Installation Tips. Within the archive is the font file and documentation.

This font can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.
Abyssinica SIL 1.500 font developer release (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
Lorna Evans, 2013-12-13
Download "AbyssinicaSIL-1.500-developer.zip", ZIP archive, 3MB [792 downloads]

This package contains the same files as AbyssinicaSIL-1.500-web.zip plus the FontLab, Graphite, VOLT and anchor source files.

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Installation Tips. Within the archive is the font file and documentation.

This font can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.
Abyssinica SIL 1.500 font release (Windows installer)
Lorna Evans, 2013-12-13
Download "AbyssinicaSIL-1.500.exe", Windows application, 314KB [1017 downloads]

This package contains the same files as AbyssinicaSIL-1.500.zip. This installer is only for Windows users. Once the package has been downloaded, you can double-click on it to install the font file and documentation. After installing, you can read the documentation files at Start / All programs / SIL / Fonts / AbyssinicaSIL.

Note that certain applications may not see the new font immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the font to become available.

Ubuntu repository

Ubuntu repository on packages.sil.org Installation Instructions
Ubuntu software repository

This font is available in the SIL software repository for Ubuntu on  http://packages.sil.org.

Ubuntu users can subscribe to this software repository and get current versions and updates automatically. See the  detailed instructions about adding the repository.

Keyboard Downloads

Downloads Installation and Use
SIL Ethiopic Unicode Keyman keyboard ver. 1.3 (compiled for Keyman 7)
Lorna A. Priest, 2010-12-03
Download "SILEthiopicv1.3K7.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 23KB [5007 downloads]

This package contains an Ethiopic Keyman keyboard. It does not contain the Abyssinica SIL font. You must download the font separately if you wish to use the font. Unless you need to use the Unicode 6.0 characters or the Private Use Area (PUA) characters in this font you can use this keyboard with any Ethiopic Unicode font.

If you download this package, you must have Keyman already installed. Installation can be done through Keyman's configuration menu. Once installed, documentation can be found at Start / All Programs / SIL Ethiopic 1.3.
SIL Ethiopic Unicode Keyman keyboard ver. 1.3 (compiled for Keyman 6)
Lorna A. Priest, 2010-12-03
Download "SILEthiopicv1.3K6.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 23KB [2774 downloads]

This package contains an Ethiopic Keyman keyboard. It was compiled for use with Keyman 6+. It does not contain the Abyssinica SIL font. You must download the font separately if you wish to use the font. Unless you need to use the Unicode 6.0 characters or the Private Use Area (PUA) characters in this font you can use this keyboard with any Ethiopic Unicode font.

If you download this package, you must have Keyman already installed. Installation can be done through Keyman's configuration menu. Once installed, documentation can be found at Start / All Programs / SIL Ethiopic 1.3.
SIL Ethiopic keyboard layout for Mac OS X
SIL staff, 2010-12-16
Download "SILEthiopic-keyboard-MacOSX.zip", ZIP archive, 44KB [5425 downloads]

This package contains a Mac OS X keyboard layout for use with the Abyssinica SIL font.

This keyboard layout for Mac OS X supports similar key sequences for Unicode Ethiopic and Private Use Area characters as the Keyman package above. Mac OS X version 10.2 or later is required to use this layout (version 10.4 is recommended). See the Readme.html file in the archive for further information.
Available from  http://packages.sil.org This keyboard is packaged and available in the SIL software repository for Ubuntu on  http://packages.sil.org (using ibus). Ubuntu users can subscribe to this software repository and get current versions as well as any updates automatically. See the  detailed instructions about using the SIL software repository for Ubuntu. For detailed information about how to configure the keyboard for usage with Ubuntu please see  Installing KMFL on Ubuntu.
SIL Ethiopic Unicode KMFL keyboard ver. 1.3 (Debian package)
Lorna A. Priest, 2011-01-07
Download "kmfl-keyboard-sil-ethiopic_1.3-1_all.deb", Debian Linux Package, 17KB [1780 downloads]
This is a debian package for use with KMFL (using SCIM)

Release History

13 Dec 2013 Release of Abyssinica SIL version 1.500

17 Dec 2010 Added Mac OSX keyboard

15 Dec 2010 Release of Abyssinica SIL version 1.200 and Keyman keyboard "SIL Ethiopic 1.3".

2 April 2007 Created Windows font installer (all files are the same)

1 June 2006 Release of Abyssinica SIL keyboard layout for Mac OS X and added AAT source to Abyssinica SIL 1.0 source and font release package

25 May 2006 Release of Abyssinica SIL (1.0)

Other Resources

 Ge'ez Script Keyman Keyboards

 The Ethiopic Unicode Resource Page

 GeezWord 2006


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