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Nuosu SIL was formerly called SIL Yi.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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An older version of the SIL Yi font is still available here.
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:
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9 July 2009 version 2.1.1 release (renamed Nuosu SIL)