Legacy font

A legacy font is an 8-bit font modified to include non-standard characters in the upper range. Often called "special fonts," these are not intercompatible - often within the same country or even for the same language(s).

Most often a legacy font was created for a Latin-based orthography that needed certain special characters (known in Unicode as extended characters) and/or diacritics used in some language's orthography, but not present in available fonts.

Unicode fonts, which are all intercompatible, are being used in place of legacy fonts.

See also: Conversion to Unicode (of fonts and data)

N'Ko legacy fonts

People working on N'Ko designed some 8-bit fonts for that writing system (well before N'Ko was incorporated in Unicode). These include: