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Nuosu SIL

Yi Unicode Font

NRSI staff, 2009-07-09

Note

Nuosu SIL was formerly called SIL Yi.

Table of Contents for this web page:

Introduction

The Nuosu SIL Font is a single Unicode font for the standardized Yi script used by a large ethnic group in southwestern China. Until this version, the font was called SIL Yi.



The traditional Yi scripts have been in use for centuries, and have a tremendous number of local variants. The script was standardized in the 1970’s by the Chinese government. In the process of standardization, 820 symbols from the traditional scripts of the Liangshan region were chosen to form a syllabary.

The syllable inventory of a speech variety from Xide County, Sichuan was used as the phonological basis for standardization. For the most part there is one symbol per phonologically-distinct syllable and vice-versa. The direction of writing and reading was standardized as left-to-right. Punctuation symbols were borrowed from Chinese, and a diacritic was incorporated into the system to mark one of the tones.

Character Inventory

The font includes a complete set of Yi syllables and radicals (as defined in  The Unicode Standard,), a basic set of Roman glyphs and various punctuation. Yi Radicals which were added to Unicode 3.2 (U+A4A2..U+A4A3, U+A4B4, U+A4C1, U+A4C5) are now included in the font. Representative samples are below.

Syllables

Radicals

Numerals



Basic Roman

Punctuation and Other Symbols



Requirements

Nuosu SIL is designed to work on systems and with applications that provide support for TrueType fonts and for Unicode character encoding. It does not include any smart font behavior.

Keyboarding

You will need to use a keyboard program, but can use any Yi Unicode keyboard you prefer. We do provide a minimal Keyman keyboard which can be downloaded below. It does not provide keystrokes for the Yi Radicals which were added to Unicode 3.2 (U+A4A2..U+A4A3, U+A4B4, U+A4C1, U+A4C5).

License

Nuosu SIL is released under the SIL Open Font License (OFL), version 1.1. Copyright (c) 2000-2008, SIL International (http://scripts.sil.org/)., with Reserved Font Names "Nuosu" and "SIL".

Font and Keyboard Downloads

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DownloadsInstallation and Use
Nuosu SIL 2.1.1 (Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux)
Martin Hosken, 2009-07-09
Download "NuosuSIL2.1.1.zip", ZIP archive, 234KB [8206 downloads]

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Font Installation Tips. Within the archive is the font file 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.
Nuosu SIL 2.1.1 - Windows installer
Martin Hosken, 2009-07-09
Download "NuosuSIL-2.1.1.exe", Windows application, 276KB [5408 downloads]

This installer is only for Windows users. Once the package has been downloaded, you can double-click on it to install the fonts and documentation files. After installing, you can read the documentation files at Start / All programs / SIL / Fonts / NuosuSIL.

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.
Nuosu SIL 2.1.1 source and font release (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
Martin Hosken, 2009-07-09
Download "ttf-sil-nuosusil-2.1.1.tar.gz", gzipped tar archive, 826KB [2314 downloads]

This package contains the source files for creating the font.

If you are uncertain what to do with a .zip file, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Font Installation Tips. Within the archive is the font file and documentation.
Yi Keyman Keyboard
NRSI staff, 2007-04-19
Download "SILYi.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 21KB [2854 downloads]

This is an installer for a Yi Keyman keyboard. This keyboard was developed for keyboarding Yi. The SIL Yi font is not a part of this package, as you should be able to use any Unicode Yi font with the keyboard.

If you download this package, you must have Keyman already installed. (For guidelines on who can use Keyman and for downloading, go to:  http://www.tavultesoft.com.) You can just double-click SILYiX11.kmp to install the keyboard package. Once installed, the readme file can be found at Start / All Programs / Yi Keyman Keyboard. There is only minimal documentation. There is no keyboarding chart.

Ubuntu repository

Ubuntu repository on packages.sil.org Installation Instructions
Ubuntu software repository

This font is available in the SIL software repository for Ubuntu on  http://packages.sil.org.

Ubuntu users can subscribe to this software repository and get current versions and updates automatically. See the  detailed instructions about adding the repository.

An older version of the SIL Yi font is still available here.

Support

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:

User Support
SIL International
Non-Roman Script Initiative
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75236
USA

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Release History

9 July 2009 version 2.1.1 release (renamed Nuosu SIL)
19 April 2007 Version 1.2 OFL release.
September 2002 Keyman keyboard released
10 April 2000 Version 1.1 released.


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