Windows Unicode Diacritic Fonts

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Windows Unicode Diacritic Fonts

Contributor(s): Than Grove

The following is a list of Windows Unicode fonts that contain some or all of the necessary characters for Indo-Tibetan computing. This list attempts to cover the known available fonts on both the Windows and Mac operating systems. However, users with further information on available fonts or other platforms such as Linux are encouraged to contact the THL at thdltools@virginia.edu. Each font is listed by name, with its availability, quality, and a description of the characters it covers. At present, the ratings are provisional. (View list of Macintosh Unicode Diacritic Fonts.)

Andika SIL

Arial Unicode MS

  • Availability: Shipped with Windows XP and Microsoft Publisher 2002.
    • external link: About
    • No Download Available
  • Quality of appearance: Good for both screen and printing.
  • Diacritic coverage: All — Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement, Latin Extended-A, Latin Extended-B and Latin Extended Additional.
  • Other script coverage: IPA Extensions, Combining diacritic marks, CJK and many other non-Latin scripts.
  • Rating: Very Good.

Charis SIL

Code 2000

  • Availability: external link: Download from orwell.ru
  • Quality of appearance: Screen appearance is mediocre. Printed appearance fair.
  • Diacritic coverage: All — Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement, Latin Extended-A, Latin Extended-B, and Latin Extended Additional.
  • Other script coverage: IPA Extensions, Combining diacritic marks, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic, Devanagari and other Indic fonts, CJK.
  • Rating: Average.

Courier Extended

Courier Ind Uni

  • Availability: Available from the external link: IndUni Site.
  • Quality of appearance: Screen appearance poor and printed appearance good. Lack of hinting makes web pages in this font difficult to read.
  • Diacritic coverage: Contains all necessary diacritics for Indo-Tibetan studies.
  • Other script coverage: None.
  • Rating: Average.

Doulos SIL

Enigmatic Unicode

Gandhari Unicode

Gentium

Gentium Plus SIL

Helvetica Ind Uni

  • Availability: Available from the external link: IndUni Site.
  • Quality of appearance: Screen appearance poor and printed appearance good. Lack of hinting makes web pages in this font difficult to read.
  • Diacritic coverage: Contains all necessary diacritics for Indo-Tibetan studies.
  • Other script coverage: None.
  • Rating: Average.

Hindsight Unicode

JGaramond

Lucida Grande

  • Availability: Bundled with external link: Safari download from Apple
  • Quality of appearance: screen appearance and printed appearance good
  • Diacritic coverage: Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement, Latin Extended-A, and Latin Extended Additional.
  • Other script coverage: Combining Diacritical Marks, Greek, and Cyrillic.
  • Rating: Not yet reviewed.

Minion Pro

NCS Ind Uni Roman

  • Availability: Available from the external link: IndUni Site.
  • Quality of appearance: Screen appearance poor and printed appearance good. Lack of hinting makes web pages in this font difficult to read.
  • Diacritic coverage: Contains all necessary diacritics for Indo-Tibetan studies.
  • Other script coverage: None.
  • Rating: Average.

Palatino Ind Uni Roman

  • Availability: Available from the external link: IndUni Site.
  • Quality of appearance: Screen appearance poor and printed appearance good. Lack of hinting makes web pages in this font difficult to read.
  • Diacritic coverage: Contains all necessary diacritics for Indo-Tibetan studies.
  • Other script coverage: None.
  • Rating: Average.

Palatino Linotype

SImPL

Tahoma

Note: Prior to the 2004 edition, Tahoma did not include the dot-below diacritics.

Thryomanes

Times Extended Roman

Times Ind Uni

  • Availability: Available from the external link: IndUni Site.
  • Quality of appearance: Screen appearance poor and printed appearance good. Lack of hinting makes web pages in this font difficult to read.
  • Diacritic coverage: Contains all necessary diacritics for Indo-Tibetan studies.
  • Other script coverage: None.
  • Rating: Average.

Titus Cyberbit

URW Palladio HOT

VU Times

Other Diacritic Windows Fonts

The following fonts have been suggested by users but have not yet been reviewed:

Provided for unrestricted use by the external link: Tibetan and Himalayan Library