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Introduction to the Doulos SIL Font Package
Welcome to the Doulos SIL font package. The goal for this product was to provide a single Unicode-based font family that would contain a comprehensive inventory of glyphs needed for almost any Roman- or Cyrillic-based writing system, whether used for phonetic or orthographic needs. In addition, there is provision for other characters and symbols useful to linguists. This font makes use of state-of-the-art font technologies to support complex typographic issues, such as the need to position arbitrary combinations of base glyphs and diacritics optimally.
Doulos is very similar to Times/Times New Roman, but only has a single face - regular. It is intended for use alongside other Times-like fonts where a range of styles (italic, bold) are not needed.
One font from this typeface family is included in this release:
New!!!! (25 August 2011)
New official release available. This is a minor update that includes official Unicode codepoints for all PUA characters which were added to Unicode 5.2 and 6.0. No new characters were added.
Overview of the Doulos SIL Font
This Doulos SIL font is essentially the same design as the SIL Doulos font first released by SIL in 1992. The design has been changed from the original in that it has been scaled down to be a better match with contemporary digital fonts, such as Times New Roman®. This current release is a regular typeface, with no bold or italic version available or planned.
We reserve the right to alter metrics in future releases. Future versions of the font may result in different lines, line spacing, or paragraph lengths. Do not expect that a document laid out in one version will always have the same page breaks, etc., in future fonts.
The Doulos SIL font differs significantly from SIL Doulos in the following ways:
For a complete list of characters included in Doulos SIL, see Supported character ranges.
Type samples showing some of the unusual inventory of glyphs and features can be downloaded here. A sample from one page is shown below.
Doulos SIL Sample - Precomposed Latin Diacritics
The "font features" document shows all the alternate glyphs that are available in Doulos SIL.
The Graphite features in this font are not currently handled by the CSS support in Firefox 11. There is now, however, a "maintenance" release of the font which can be used in conjunction with Firefox and CSS to access the Graphite features of the font.