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Short URL: http://scripts.sil.org/Limbu

Namdhinggo SIL L (Obsolete)

Custom-encoded font for the Limbu script

Victor Gaultney, 2007-06-14



Note:

Namdhinggo SIL L is a custom (legacy) 8-bit font. It is not a Unicode font. We now have a Unicode encoded font called Namdhinggo SIL which is still in development. However, we believe the font is useful in its present state and thus we have released it as a "Font in Development". The font is available here: Namdhinggo SIL

Introduction

The Limbu, or Kirat Sirijonga, script is used by around 400,000 people in Nepal and India. This font has been designed to support literacy and materials development work in the Limbu language.

According to traditional histories the Limbu script was developed by King Sirijonga in the 9th Century. It then fell out of use before being reintroduced in the 18th century by Teongsi Sirijonga (1704-1741) whom many felt to be the reincarnation of the first Sirijonga. The modern Sirijonga was apparently martyred in 1741 for the sake of this script by lamas in Sikkim. The script was named 'Sirijonga' in his honour by the Limbu scholar Iman Singh Chemjong.

The current font - Namdhinggo SIL L - uses an encoding that is common among other fonts for the script. Although the Limbu script has been accepted into The Unicode Standard, this font does not yet support that international standard. A Unicode-based version of Namdhinggo SIL is currently in the final stages of development.

Because the Unicode font is still in development, we are not currently soliciting contributions to the project. We do, however, welcome feedback and suggestions on how to make the font better. You are also free to make derivative versions according to the conditions listed in the included SIL Open Font License.

The font files themselves contain basic source data for the fonts. Future releases will likely include source data in additional formats, such as a FontLab database.

Encoding

Note that this font is not encoded according to The Unicode Standard. A Unicode-encoded version is in development.

Sample

The following font sample is the Limbu equivalent to "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".

Namdhinggo SIL L font sample
Victor Gaultney, 2007-06-16
Download "Limbu_sample.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 14KB [3938 downloads]

License

The Namdhinggo SIL font is released under the SIL Open Font License, version 1.1. Copyright (c) 2002-2007, SIL International ( http://www.sil.org/), with Reserved Font Names "Namdhinggo" and "SIL".

Font Download and Installation Instructions

If you agree to the terms of use (described above), then download the font from the following links.

Namdhinggo SIL L Font - (TrueType - Windows, Macintosh, Linux)
Victor Gaultney, 2007-06-14
Download "NamLWin.zip", ZIP archive, 67KB [4725 downloads]
Namdhinggo SIL L Font - (TrueType - Mac OS 9 suitcase)
Victor Gaultney, 2007-06-14
Download "NamLMac.sit", Stuffit archive, 67KB [1897 downloads]

Once the package has been downloaded, you will need a decompression utility to expand the archive. Within the archive are the font files 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. Also, your application may display the font name using the characters themselves, in which case it will look like the graphic at the top of this webpage.


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