SIL's Non-Roman Script Initiative has created very comprehensive fonts for Latin and Cyrillic character sets.  Charis SIL,  Doulos SIL,  Gentium Plus and  Andika are very large fonts that cover just about every need we know about in the Latin and Cyrillic world. Now, as we move into the age of mobile phone and web usage, there is a need for fonts that are small and compact. Our fonts are over a megabyte each and that is considered much too large for mobile phone usage.

In October 2014 we released version 5.000 of SIL's Charis SIL, Doulos SIL, Gentium Plus and Andika fonts. We have now created regional subsets based on each of these fonts. These fonts currently only contain OpenType smart code (we hope to add Graphite soon). Each regional font only contains the characters (and glyphs) that are known to be used in that region of the world. We have attempted to use the most common glyph required for that region.

Our regional subsets are as follows:

  • Africa [Afr]
  • Americas [Am]
  • Asia/Pacific [APac]
  • Europe/Eurasia [Eur]
  • Vietnam [Viet]
  • Phonetic [Phon]
  • Cyrillic (Basic) [Cyr]
  • Cyrillic Extended [CyrE]

You can download the subset fonts from here:  http://scripts.sil.org/FontSubsets. Both .ttf and .woff fonts are included in the download. The .woff fonts will especially be helpful for those using these fonts on websites.