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  • Alphabetum is a large, multilingual font (over 5,780 characters in version 9.90) designed for typing ancient languages. A free demo of the font is available to download, containing around 500 fewer characters than the full version. The full version is available to purchase for EUR 15 - 60, depending on the status and purposes of the customer.

    Link Alphabetum

    From the download site: Only a Windows version of Alphabetum is currently available, however this font should be usable on Macintosh running OSX. For Unix/Linux systems, there have been reports of people using Alphabetum successfully under these systems, however the font designer has only tested it under Debian. In any case, you need to configure your Xfree server to recognize and to use TrueType fonts in Unix/Linux.

    Copyright © 2010 Juan José Marcos
    License Restricted - see terms below

    Purchase of a license is required in order to gain full use of this font.

    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • Steven Coxhead has documented the necessary steps for typing Hebrew on a Linux system using a keymap similar to the SIL Hebrew keyboard on his blog, Berith Road.

    Link Berith Road - Linux Hebrew Keyboard

    Steven Coxhead,  Berith Road, 2011

    Copyright © 2011 Steven Coxhead
    License GNU General Public License 3.0 (GPLv3) Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • Culmus hosts a family of Unicode compliant, open-source ancient Semitic fonts, created by Yoram Gnat. These include fonts for processing text in the Hebrew, Phoenician, Imperial Aramaic, and Samaritan scripts.

    Link Ancient Semitic Font
    Copyright © 2007-2010 Yoram Gnat
    License GNU General Public License 2.0 (GPLv2) Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    Contributor Steph 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.

    Link DejaVu Fonts
    Copyright © 2003 Bitstream, Inc., © 2006 Tavmjong Bah
    License Restricted - 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.

    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • Ezra SILfont

    Ezra SIL is a typeface fashioned after the square letter forms of the typography of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS), an Old Testament volume familiar to Biblical Hebrew scholars. The Ezra SIL font is an OpenType “smart” font. It is designed to work with Office 2003 and above. Two fonts are included in the Ezra SIL package.

    Link Ezra SIL
    License SIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    Contributor Steph 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.

    Link Fonts 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
    License SIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • Freelang is a non-profit project started in 1997 and developed by the user community. The site hosts dictionaries, translation software, and fonts for a wide variety of languages.

    Link Freelang Fonts
    Copyright © Beaumont 1997-2011(Please note: this copyright refers to the Freelang site, not to the individual fonts hosted there.)
    License Restricted - see terms below

    All the fonts provided by Freelang are either freeware or shareware. However they remain the property of their respective authors and there may be restrictions on their use or distribution. Please check the individual license information for any font you download.

    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • Kabbalah Software, Inc. have produced a number of Unicode Hebrew fonts for Windows. These are available for purchase; prices vary.

    Link Kabbalah Software Hebrew Fonts
    Copyright © 2002-2004 Kabbalah Software Inc.
    License Restricted - see terms below

    Use of these fonts requires the purchase of a license. Please contact the supplier.

    Contributor Steph 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.

    Link Libertine
    Copyright Not indicated
    License SIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution

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

    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • Mark Shoulson's fonts for Visible Speech and Hebrew are available from his website at the link below (the Hebrew fonts via He has also designed what he describes as "a fairly wide-coverage Unicode font family" called Marin, also available from his website. Marin and the Visible Speech fonts are free to download; the Hebrew fonts are available for purchase.

    Link Mark E. Shoulson's Fonts
    Copyright © 2011 Mark E. Shoulson
    License Restricted - see terms below

    All of Mark Shoulson's fonts, including those available for free download, may be subject to restrictions if you wish to modify or distribute them. Please contact him directly for more details.

    Contributor Steph Holloway
  •  Masterfont is Israel's largest type vendor, hosting a collection of almost two thousand professional fonts. They also provide custom type design services. Please note, their catalogue is written in Hebrew.

  • Mark Williamson's MPH 2B Damase is a free font encoding many non-Latin scripts, including the Unicode 4.1 scripts in the Supplementary Multilingual Plane: Armenian, Cherokee, Coptic, Cypriot, Cyrillic, Deseret, Khutsuri, Glagolitic, Gothic, Greek, Hanunóo, Hebrew, Linear B, Old Italic, Old Persian Cuneiform, Osmanya, Phoenician, Shavian, Tai Le (no combining tone marks), Thaana, Tifinagh, Ugaritic, and Vietnamese. A few of these scripts do not display perfectly; Tai Le does not have combining tone marks, and Hanunóo does not support the ligatures needed for writing Buhid.

    Link MPH 2B Damase Font
    Copyright © 2005 Mark Williamson
    License GNU General Public License 3.0 (GPLv3) Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • This is a collection of Latin and non-Latin Unicode keyboard layouts for Mac OS X.

    Link Quinon Mac OS X Keyboards
    Copyright Not indicated
    License Restricted - see terms below

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

    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • An excellent and very complete font for Biblical Hebrew. Includes keyboards for Windows and Mac.

    Link SBL Hebrew
    Copyright © 2003, 2007 John Hudson, Tiro Typeworks
    License Restricted - see terms below

    Free for non-commercial use. May be modified for personal use, but modified fonts cannot be redistributed. See font for complete license.

    Contributor Victor Gaultney
  • The Shlomo fonts family was developed by Shlomo Orbach. The aim of the fonts is to enable those with visual impairments to easily read Jewish religious texts and other texts in the Hebrew script. The fonts include cantillation marks.

    The Shlomo, Shlomo Light Bold, and Shlomo Bold fonts have improved readability, for those with vision impairments. The Shlomo Stam and the Shlomo semiStam fonts are similar in style and shape to the handwritten letters in the Tora scroll.

    Link The Shlomo fonts
    Copyright © 2010-2011 Shlomo Orbach
    License SIL Open Font License 1.1 Allows use, study, modification, redistribution
    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • Titus Cyberbit Basic is a Unicode-encoded font which supports typesetting in the Greek, Cyrillic, Armenian, Hebrew, Ethiopic, Thaana, Ogham, and Runic scripts. It is compatible with Windows and Mac OS, and can be downloaded for free upon submission of a form. Limited information about the font is available from  Wikipedia.

    Link TITUS Cyberbit Font
    Copyright © 2000 Bitstream Inc / TITUS project
    License Restricted - see terms below

    This font is distributed as freeware for non-commercial use only. Distribution is forbidden.

    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • Brian Berman has developed a system to accurately transliterate Ladino text from Latin characters into Solitreo, Meruba (Hebrew), and Rashi (Hebrew) scripts. It can be found  here.

    Contributor ScriptSource Staff
  •  This Typophile thread discusses options for processing Hebrew text with cantillation marks. The discussion centers around the pros and cons of various Hebrew fonts and publishing packages, with  SBL Hebrew discussed at length.  DavkaWriter and  Dagesh are recommended in the thread for their capacity to include cantillation marks in a text.

    Contributor Steph Holloway
  • David Hamuel released a series of Hebrew fonts in 2006, which he announced in  this Typophile thread. Links to his fonts are followed by a discussion about some of their features. The fonts are sold exclusively by  Veer Marketplace for GBP 35, or 34 Veer credits, each.

    Contributor Steph Holloway
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