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Andika — FAQ and Known Issues
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Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Where does the name "Andika" come from?
Answer: Andika — pronounced ahn-DEE-kah
Swahili — spoken widely in southeastern regions of the African continent, among other places. ( Ethnologue)
Meaning — "Write!"
Question: What characters are included in this release?
Answer: Andika covers over 2,300 characters from the Unicode 7.0 standard. See Supported Character Ranges for the full listing.
Question: What are all the stages of release for the Andika fonts?
Andika Design Review — completed
Andika Basic — completed
Andika Regular — completed
Andika New Basic Bold, New Basic Italic, and New Basic Bold-Italic — where we are now
Andika Bold, Italic, and Bold-Italic
Question: Why is the line spacing so much looser than other fonts, such as Times New Roman?
Answer: Our SIL Unicode Roman fonts include characters with multiple stacked diacritics that need a much looser line spacing (for example, U+1EA8 ). We cannot make the line spacing tighter without experiencing “clipping” of those characters. You may be able to overcome this by adjusting the line spacing in the application. For example, in Microsoft Word select and set the line spacing to use the setting and a value more suited to your needs. For example, if the font size is 12 pt, select line spacing of 13 pt. This will give a tighter line spacing. You can adjust the value up or down depending on how many diacritics you need to stack.
In a separate download we also provide a font calledwhich is exactly the same as except it has a tighter line spacing.
Question: Can I use Andika in my print publication?
Answer: Andika is released under the SIL Open Font License, which permits use for any publication, whether electronic or printed. For more answers to usage questions, see the OFL-FAQ web version (1.1-update4). The license, along with information specific to this release, is in the release package.
Question: Can I use Andika on my website?
Answer: Yes. You can create web pages that request that Andika be used to display them. With Andika v 1.00 we also provide in the "web" download package a WOFF font. See Using SIL Fonts on Web Pages for instructions on using fonts on web pages.
Question: Can I make changes to Andika?
Answer: Yes! That is allowed as long as you abide by the conditions of the SIL Open Font License. And we would be very interested in seeing any changes you might make. See Notes to contributors for more information.
Question: I'm having a problem with line spacing in Publisher. Do you have a solution?
Answer: This is a Microsoft Publisher problem that affects some fonts, including Andika, and not others. One effective workaround is to specify line spacing as a point size, rather than as a space size. A Microsoft forum discusses it here.
This affects Publisher 2003 and 2007 and some versions of 2010. It appears to be okay in Publisher 2010 when all current updates have been applied.
Question: What is the difference between Andika and Andika New Basic?
Question: What is the difference between Andika Basic (2008) and Andika New Basic?
We are aware of the following problems. Please report any others you may encounter.
As these fonts and utilities are distributed at no cost, we are unable to provide a commercial level of personal technical support. We will, however, try to resolve problems that are reported to us.
We do hope that you will report problems so they can be addressed in future releases. Even if you are not having any specific problems, but have an idea on how this system could be improved, we want to hear your ideas and suggestions.
Please note that these fonts are intended for use by experienced computer users. Installing and using these fonts is not a trivial matter. The most effective technical support is usually provided by an experienced computer user who can personally sit down with you at your computer to troubleshoot the problem.
General troubleshooting information, including frequently asked questions, can be found in the documentation. Additional information is also available on the general Font FAQ page. If that fails to answer your question, please feel free to contact us!