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SIL's Non-Roman Script Initiative has created very comprehensive fonts for Latin and Cyrillic character sets. Charis SIL, Doulos SIL, Gentium Plus and Andika are very large fonts that cover just about every need we know about in the Latin and Cyrillic world. Now, as we move into the age of mobile phone and web usage, there is a need for fonts that are small and compact. Our fonts are over a megabyte each and that is considered much too large for mobile phone usage.
Current commercial font subsetting schemes remove the smart font information from a font when subsetting a font. While this may be acceptable for majority languages, we consider this unacceptable as so many languages in the world require smart diacritic positioning above and/or below base characters. We have now created subsets of our fonts for different regions of the world. These fonts currently only contain OpenType smart code (not Graphite). Each regional font only contains the characters (and glyphs) that are known to be used in that region of the world. We have attempted to use the most common glyph required for that region. For instance, in Africa and parts of the Pacific the most common form for U+014A LATIN CAPITAL LETTER ENG is the large form of the small , and in Europe, Eurasia and the Americas the glyph for U+014A LATIN CAPITAL LETTER ENG is most commonly based on the .
Our font subset packages also contain .woff versions of our fonts. These are especially useful in the context of mobile phone and web usage. Further information on how to use .woff fonts can be found here: Using SIL Fonts on Web Pages.
With the exception of the phonetic
font, the font subsets are intended for orthographic use only. We have not put anything in the other subsets for phonetic, transliteration, or transcription use. For those purposes, use the phonetic subset.
Our regional subsets are as follows:
- Africa [Afr] — Our hope is that all languages of Africa (using the Latin script) are covered by this font. A few languages in Africa use unusual glyph variants. For example, a few African orthographies use a more "v" shaped version of U+028B LATIN SMALL LETTER V WITH HOOK and U+01B2 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER V WITH HOOK. This subset uses the standard shaped glyph as it seems most prevalent.
- Americas [Am] — Our hope is that all languages in the Americas (using the Latin script) are covered by this font. There are a few variant glyphs that are not represented here. For example, some languages in the Americas use the Polish-style ogonek and others use the Retrohook-style ogonek. At this point, our subset uses the Polish-style ogonek.
- Asia/Pacific [APac] — This font includes Latin script support for Pinyin, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, languages from India, China and Myanmar and other countries where languages (such as Chin languages) are written with Latin script. There are a few variant glyphs that are not represented here. For example, some languages in Papua New Guinea use one style of U+014A LATIN CAPITAL LETTER ENG and other languages use the other style. It is unclear which is most common. At this point, the Asia/Pacific subset uses the capital-N style. We may change that if we learn the other style is more prevalent.
- Europe/Eurasia [Eur] — This font includes Latin script support for Europe, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, etc, — all languages in Europe and Eurasia which use the Latin script.
- Vietnam [Viet] — This font includes Latin script support for traditional Vietnamese (including Vietnamese-style diacritics) plus a few extra characters used by Vietnam's minority languages.
- Phonetic [Phon] — The intent for this font is to cover all of IPA, other phonetic characters, transliteration, and transcription. In order to differentiate between U+0061 LATIN SMALL LETTER A and U+0251 LATIN SMALL LETTER ALPHA, our italic Phonetic fonts require that U+0061 always be a "double-story a" rather than a "single-story a".
- Cyrillic (Basic) [Cyr] — This font contains the characters used in Codepage 1251 (Cyrillic). It should be suitable for Russian and other large languages which use the Cyrillic script.
- Cyrillic Extended [CyrE] — This font contains all characters in the Cyrillic blocks (with the exception of some historic characters). It should be suitable for modern majority and minority languages.
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Charis SIL is released under the SIL Open Font License (OFL), version 1.1. Copyright (c) 1997-2015, SIL International (http://scripts.sil.org/) with Reserved Font Names "Charis" and "SIL".
Doulos SIL is released under the SIL Open Font License (OFL), version 1.1. Copyright (c) 1994-2015, SIL International (http://scripts.sil.org/) with Reserved Font Names "Doulos" and "SIL".
Gentium Plus is released under the SIL Open Font License (OFL). Copyright (c) 2003-2015, SIL International (http://scripts.sil.org/) with Reserved Font Names "Gentium" and "SIL".
Andika is released under the SIL Open Font License (OFL). Copyright (c) 2004-2015, SIL International (http://scripts.sil.org/) with Reserved Font Names "Andika" and "SIL".
|Regional Font Subsets
|Charis SIL, Doulos SIL, Gentium Plus and Andika (v5.000) Regional Font Subsets |
NRSI team, 2015-03-20
Download "CDGA_Subsetsv5.zip", ZIP archive, 12MB [3836 downloads]
If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Font Installation Tips. Within the archive are the font files and documentation.
The fonts can be installed using standard font installation procedures for the given operating-system platform. Note that certain applications may not see the new fonts immediately. You may have to quit and restart the application for the fonts to become available.
We would like feedback on these subsets. Please submit information for the characters you feel should be added to a particular subset.
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