Computers & Writing Systems
Welcome to Computers and Writing Systems
Scripts Around the World
Writing Systems Technology (formerly known as the Non-Roman Script Initiative)
WSTech is a department of SIL International, whose task is to provide assistance, research and development for SIL International and its partners to support the use of non-Roman and complex scripts in language development.
Our vision is that language communities are effectively using their preferred writing system on computers without technical barriers.
Google Web Fonts
Andika, Gentium Basic, Scheherazade and Lateef are now available for use on web pages via the Google Web Fonts service! This makes it very easy for you to use on your website. For more information on this and other ways to use SIL fonts on web sites see Using SIL Fonts on Web Pages.
Recent additions and updates
The following list is no longer kept up-to-date. For the most recent information follow the links from our new Writing Systems Technology pages.
SIL Font Subsets — SIL's Writing Sysytems Technology team has created very comprehensive fonts for Latin and Cyrillic character sets. These 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, everyone wants fonts that are small and compact. Our fonts are over a megabyte each and that is considered much too large for mobile phone usage. We have now created subsets of our fonts for different regions of the world. 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.
New and improved Graphite website! Most recently: Version 4.2 of the Graphite compiler has been released for Windows, and Firefox 11+ now includes Graphite support.
Unicode BMP Fallback Font
Encore2Unicode update for Unicode 6.1.
Using SIL Fonts on Web Pages
Basic Set of characters needed in a Non-Roman font
SIL TypeTuner Web
Articles of general interest
The NRSI Model for Implementing Writing Systems
The Digital Divide
An introduction to keyboard layout design theory: What goes where?
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