NRSI: Computers & Writing Systems
Font in Development
The Namdhinggo SIL Unicode font for the Limbu script is still in development. Computer systems do not currently completely support the Limbu script. For that reason we don't feel confident releasing the font as a final product. However, we believe the font is useful in its present state and thus we are releasing it as a "Font in Development". See the README.txt file for contact information.
The custom-encoded font Namdhinggo SIL L (Obsolete) remains available for use.
The Limbu, or Kirat Sirijonga, script is used by around 400,000 people in Nepal and India. This Unicode-encoded font has been designed to support literacy and materials development 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.
If you have existing data using the Namdhinggo SIL L font and wish to convert your data to Unicode you may use the TECkit mapping file (available from downloads). SILConverters 4.0 can be used with this mapping file to convert documents (text or Word) to Unicode. Since Namdhinggo SIL L used an encoding that is common among other fonts for the script it is possible that this mapping file will work for texts using those custom-encoded Limbu fonts.
The other TECkit mapping file gives the ability to convert between Unicode-encoded Devanagari script and Unicode-encoded Limbu script.
Two separate MSKLC (Windows-only) keyboards are provided.
This font makes use of the OpenType smart font technology. At this time, there is little (or no) support for the Limbu script in commercial rendering systems. One implication is that the OpenType implementation in the font is not optimal. For that reason we are keeping the font as a Font in Development.
Namdhinggo SIL has been tested on Windows 7 to work with the following applications:
Additionally, the font does not render correctly in1:
Feedback is welcome. A small sample text is provided in the downloads section for testing purposes. The README.txt file in the font download gives a contact address for providing feedback.
Supported character ranges
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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.
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