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  • AfroRoman in Unicode supports a number of African languages. The fonts contain almost 2,000 letters, accents, diacritics, and accented character combinations that can be typed with the included keyboard software.
    The package is available to purchase for USD 99.95.


    AfroRoman in Unicode is available for both Windows (requires Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, or NT 4.0) and Macintosh (requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher).

    Copyright© 1997-2011 Payne Loving Trust
    LicenseRestricted - see terms below

    Use requires purchase of a license. Please contact the supplier for details.

    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • Andika is a sans serif, Unicode-compliant font designed especially for literacy use, taking into account the needs of beginning readers. The focus is on clear, easy-to-perceive letterforms that will not be readily confused with one another.

    LicenseSIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • Andika New Basic is a limited-character-set (no extended IPA or Cyrillic) version of Andika that includes regular, bold, italic and bold-italic faces. Andika is being worked on to include the full character-set with all four faces; Andika New Basic gives a preview of what that will look like.

    LinkAndika New Basic
    LicenseSIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    ContributorLorna Evans
  • In order to create small and compact fonts, in Character Requirements for different regions (Latin) we list subsets for various regions.

    Included in the attached .zip file is a basic text file which merely lists all the usvs we recommend for inclusion in each subset font.

    Also included in the .zip file is a .nam file which allows the user to map unicode values to Postscript names for every one of the recommended characters in FontLab. This gives the font developer a starting point in FontLab to know which characters to support.

    Naming files should be placed in FontLab’s ‘Mapping’ directory.

    In order to understand our file names, the short name is expanded here:

    • Afr = African
    • Am = Americas
    • APac = Asia/Pacific
    • Eur = Europe/Eurasia
    • Viet = Vietnam
    • Phon = Phonetic/Transliteration
    ContributorLorna Evans
  • Charis SIL and Doulos SIL were created to provide two Unicode-based font families that would contain a comprehensive inventory of glyphs needed for processing Latin or Cyrillic text.

    Charis SIL was produced specifically for laser printers. Of the two, Charis SIL tends to be more useful in general publishing. It is available in regular, bold, italic and bold italic styles. Doulos SIL is available only in regular style.

    Both fonts make 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.

    LinkCharis SIL page (links to Doulos page from Charis Overview)
    LicenseSIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • The DejaVu fonts are a font family in Sans, Serif and Mono styles. Supported scripts include Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Armenian and Georgian (available in all styles). In addition, Hebrew, N'Ko, Lao, Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Ogham and Arabic are supported but may not be available in all styles.

    LinkDejaVu Fonts
    Copyright© 2003 Bitstream, Inc., © 2006 Tavmjong Bah
    LicenseRestricted - see terms below

    The fonts have a generous copyright, allowing derivative works (as long as "Bitstream" or "Vera" are not in the names), and redistribution; however, they may not be sold by themselves. They can be bundled, redistributed and sold as part of a larger software package. Please see  Bitstream Vera Fonts README for details.

    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • The Cardo font contains a very large number of Latin, Greek and Hebrew characters, as well as the following OpenType features: old style numerals, proportional numerals, standard ligatures, discretionary ligatures, historical forms, and historical ligatures. A new italic style of the font has been created, which at the time of writing only contains Latin characters. There are plans to create italic style variants of the remaining characters also.

    LinkFonts for Latin, Germanic Languages, Greek, Hebrew and Linguistics

    For Windows, you need at least Windows 95 and a word processor that can handle Unicode-based documents: either Microsoft Word 97 or more recent, or OpenOffice 1.0 or greater.
    On the Mac, you need OS X plus a Unicode-aware editor or keyboard utility. Mac Word 2004 and 2008 handle Unicode well; Word 2001 and Office X do not.

    Copyright© 2001-2010 David J. Perry
    LicenseSIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • 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 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.

    LinkGentium Font Page
    LicenseSIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • Junicode (short for Junius-Unicode) is a Unicode font for medievalists. The current version is a beta; the selection of characters and the arrangement of the Private Use Area are subject to change. Junicode currently contains 3096 characters in the regular style (the italic, bold and bold italic styles are less complete), covering the Latin, Greek and Runic scripts.

    Copyright© 2001-2009 Peter S. Baker
    LicenseGNU General Public License 2.0 (GPLv2) Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • The following link describes how to add a keyboard layout to Windows that is already supported by Microsoft. More comprehensive information on keyboard installation and use can also be found here

  • The Libertine Open Fonts Project has created a free OpenType font family intended as an alternative to Times New Roman. The fonts cover the codepages of Western Latin, Greek, Cyrillic (with their specific enhancements), Hebrew, IPA and many more. It also includes Graphite features and XeTeX example files.

    CopyrightNot indicated
    LicenseSIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution

    Fonts are dual licensed with both the OFL and the GPLv3+font exception

    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • Old Standard is a multilingual font family, based on Russian and German editions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Old Standard font family currently includes three shapes (regular, italic and bold) and has more than 1400 glyphs in the regular version.

    LinkOld Standard Font Family
    Copyright© 2006-2008 Alexey Kryukov
    LicenseSIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • This is a collection of Latin and non-Latin Unicode keyboard layouts for Mac OS X.

    LinkQuinon Mac OS X Keyboards
    CopyrightNot indicated
    LicenseRestricted - see terms below

    These key layouts are made available for free download; however, restrictions may apply to their modification and/or distribution.

    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • This typeface attempts to provide full coverage for all languages using the Latin,Cyrillic and Greek scripts. Although the licensing is quite restrictive, the fonts are freely available for non-commercial use.

    LinkThe Brill

    Brill (publishing house)

    Copyright© 2012 Brill
    LicenseRestricted - see terms below

    Free for non-commercial use, but with significant restrictions. See

    ContributorVictor Gaultney
  • Tomasz Szynalski's site provides a way of typing accent marks, diacritics, and other characters used by languages written in the Latin script, as well as IPA symbols, without the need for installing and switching keyboard layouts, memorizing Alt-codes, or using third-party text input software. Users can type characters using buttons or intuitive (ctrl+letter) keyboard shortcuts.

    Sample page from the site, containing the keyboard needed for typing Norwegian

    On Windows: Mozilla Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 7/8. Internet Explorer 6 also works with some minor issues. Google Chrome and Safari work except for a few keyboard shortcuts.
    On MacOS: Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 3/4
    On Linux: Mozilla Firefox 3+

    Copyright© 2011 Tomasz P. Szynalski
    LicenseRestricted - see terms below

    May be used only on

    ContributorSteph Holloway

  • Posted by Lorna Evans on 2015-03-25 07:18:02

    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: Both .ttf and .woff fonts are included in the download. The .woff fonts will especially be helpful for those using these fonts on websites.


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