NRSI: Computers & Writing Systems
Gentium — a typeface for the nations
‘Purpose: to build a free multilingual font to bring better typography to thousands of languages around the globe. I can think of no higher calling.’
‘...an interesting blend of economical use of space, a serious tone of voice and a modern informal dress code.’
‘Beautiful - a wonderful way to make knowledge look great! Open-source fonts are a gift to humanity.’
‘I’ve been enamored of the Greek alphabet for years, but with Gentium, every now and then I just stop and look at a word and think, “lovely”.’
Google Web Fonts
Gentium Basic is 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.
Gentium is a typeface family designed to enable the diverse ethnic groups around the world who use the Latin, Cyrillic and Greek scripts to produce readable, high-quality publications. It supports a wide range of Latin- and Cyrillic-based alphabets.
Gentium Latin and Greek
The design is intended to be highly readable, reasonably compact, and visually attractive. The additional ‘extended’ Latin letters are designed to naturally harmonize with the traditional 26 ones. Diacritics are treated with careful thought and attention to their use. Gentium also supports both polytonic and monotonic Greek. Gentium Plus now includes more extended Latin glyphs (Unicode 5.1), archaic Greek symbols, and full extended Cyrillic script support. Download the new Gentium Plus fonts here
The Gentium and Gentium Plus font families currently include only regular and italic faces, but Gentium Basic and Gentium Book Basic give a preview of what a whole range of new weights will eventually look like. The 'Basic' fonts only support a limited Latin character set (no Greek or Cyrillic). Gentium Book is a companion family to Gentium that is altogether slightly heavier, and better suited for some publishing needs. It supports only the Basic character set at present, but will eventually match the full Gentium character set. More info and download link here
The Gentium font families are freely available and may be used by anyone at no cost. They are released under the SIL Open Font License, a free and open source license that permits modification and redistribution. Our hope is that it will stimulate literature production and elevate extended Latin alphabets to greater parity with the basic Latin alphabet. We also hope it will encourage other type designers to appreciate and support those fascinating and beautiful extra letters.
Follow the links above to find out more about Gentium, download a detailed type specimen and get the latest release.