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Tai Heritage Pro
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The Tai Heritage typeface is designed to reflect the traditional hand-written style of the Tai Viet script. Under the name Tai Heritage Pro, version 2.5 is now available as a Unicode-encoded font (based on The Unicode Standard version 5.2 or later) in regular and bold faces, with both OpenType and Graphite rendering.
New in version 2.5
Tai Heritage Pro character repertoire
The Tai Dam, Tai Daeng and Tai Don people who live in northwestern Vietnam and surrounding areas have a long tradition of literacy in the Tai Viet script. Their languages belong to the Tai-Kadai language family and are closely related to Lao.
Special thanks are due to Mr. Faah Baccam, whose drawings have served as the basis for the development of this font. Any defects in the final digital designs, however, remain our responsibility. Suggestions for design improvements in any future edition, especially from Tai users of the fonts, are welcome.
Tai Heritage Pro version 2.5 can use either Graphite rendering or OpenType rendering with the ICU shaping engine. The OpenType rendering will not work with current versions of Uniscribe, including all Microsoft applications.
The font has been tested with the following applications:
Tai Heritage Pro 2.5, tested applications
See What applications support Graphite? for a list of other Graphite-enabled applications that should work with the font
Download and Installation
Tai Dam Keyboards
Any Unicode-based Tai Viet keyboard can be used for data input with the Tai Heritage Pro font. We provide two layouts you can chose from on Tai Dam Keyboards.
Previous versions of Tai Heritage
Previous versions of Tai Heritage fonts can be found on Tai Heritage — Previous Versions.
Converting Tai Viet PUA data to Unicode
Pending the addition of the Tai Viet script to Unicode, the Tai Viet Working Group agreed on a temporary PUA-based encoding for Tai Viet text. Since the release of Unicode 5.2, this Tai Viet PUA encoding is obsolete, and any text encoded with it (including text that uses the 2008 Tai Heritage Design Review font) should be converted to Unicode. A Tai-Viet-PUA-to-Unicode mapping table, usable with the SIL Converters software, is provided here for that purpose.
See SILConverters 3.1.1 for the SIL Converters software.
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 you can contact us at:
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