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Symbols used for Biblical text apparatus
Supported character ranges
The Apparatus SIL fonts are the Unicode version of their predecessor, SIL Apparatus. The design is the same, only the encoding is different. The
Apparatus SIL fonts were designed to provide most of the symbols needed to reproduce the textual apparatus
found in major editions of Greek & Hebrew biblical texts. The fonts include:
These fonts were based on SIL Charis, a font designed for optimum clarity and compactness when printed at
small point sizes. This assures that both Charis SIL and Apparatus
SIL can be used together in documents with a consistency of style.
Most lines of text in the apparatus can be reproduced by combining the Greek and Hebrew fonts,
transliteration (using a font such as Charis SIL), and the Apparatus
These fonts utilize OpenType and Graphite technology to provide rendering information needed by
application and system software. Usability of the features provided in these fonts will depend on the exact
capabilities of your software. Some of the characters are in plane 1 of Unicode and your software will need
to be able to display plane 1 characters.
Supported character ranges
The original SIL Apparatus font contained some superscript
characters that are not in Unicode. Those characters are superscript (or modifier) . Rather than encode them in SIL’s Private Use Area (PUA), we have chosen not to include those
characters in this Unicode font.
|C0 Controls and Basic Latin
|C1 Controls and Latin-1 Supplement
||U+00A6, U+00B0, U+00B2..U+00B3, U+00B6..U+00B7, U+00B9,
|Spacing Modifier Letters
||U+02B0, U+02B2..U+02B3, U+02B7..U+02B8, U+02E1..U+02E3,
|Combining Diacritical Marks
|Greek and Coptic
||U+037E, U+0387, U+0394, U+0398, U+039E, U+03A0, U+03A8
||U+1D2C, U+1D2E, U+1D30..U+1D31, U+1D33..U+1D3A, U+1D3C,
U+1D3E..U+1D43, U+1D47..U+1D49, U+1D4D, U+1D4F, U+1D50, U+1D52, U+1D56..U+1D58, U+1D5B, U+1D5D,
|Phonetic Extensions Supplement
||U+1D9C, U+1D9C, U+1DA0, U+1DBB
|Superscripts and Subscripts
||U+2113, U+212A, U+212D, U+2135, U+214F
|Misc. Math. Symbols-A
|Suppl. Math. Operators
||U+2E00, U+2E02..U+2E03, U+2E06, U+2E09..U+2E0C
|Mathematical Alphanumeric Symbols
||U+1D40C, U+1D504..U+1D505, U+1D50A, U+1D50E..U+1D510,
U+1D513..U+1D514, U+1D516..U+1D517, U+1D519, U+1D52D
Supported character ranges
This pdf displays all the characters in the font. Below the glyph is the Unicode Scalar Value and then
below that is the glyph id. It is the USV that you will need for accessing the characters. We do not provide
a keyboard for accessing them.
- If you have CJK enabled in U+2E00 .. U+2E0D.
and in your
Office 2003 Language Settings, Word 2003 may not properly display the New Testament editorial symbols
- U+0308 COMBINING DIAERESIS over
U+1d504 MATHEMATICAL FRAKTUR CAPITAL A does
not display properly in Uniscribe applications. It displays appropriately in InDesign CS4, The XeTeX typesetting system and in OpenOffice for Graphite.
Apparatus SIL is released under the SIL Open Font License (OFL),
version 1.1. Copyright (c) 1998-2009, SIL International (http://scripts.sil.org/) with Reserved Font Names "Apparatus" and
||Apparatus SIL 1.0 - Windows, Mac OS X,
NRSI team, 2009-06-12
"ApparatusSIL.zip", ZIP archive, 124KB [27442 downloads]
The font release contains a set of four font files and documentation. You will need a
decompression utility to expand the .zip archive. The font files can
then be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system
platform. See Decompression Utilities, Downloading &
Installation Tips for more information.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
This package contains the same files as AppSIL1.0.zip. This
installer is only for Windows users. Once the package has been downloaded, you can double-click on
it to install the font files and documentation. After installing, you can read the documentation
files at .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.
||Mapping file for SIL Apparatus encoded files to Unicode
Lorna A. Priest, 2009-06-12
Download "SILApparatusMap.zip", ZIP archive, 6KB [3297 downloads]
|A compiled and uncompiled TECkit conversion table is included
here, which maps data using the SIL Apparatus fonts to
Unicode. This conversion table can be used with either TECkit and/or SILConverters
As these fonts and utilities are distributed at no cost, we are unable to provide a commercial level of
personal technical support. This is the final release of these fonts.
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
Before requesting technical support, please:
- Carefully read all the documentation provided with the fonts, including the documentation installed by
the installation program.
- Check out all the links on the web pages for these font packages, and read all the information and
instructions they contain.
- Review the list of Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question has already been answered.
Additional information is also available on the general Font FAQ
If that fails to answer your question, or for more information, contact:
Non-Roman Script Initiative
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