Fonts & rendering

This page briefly discussed types of fonts and ways to obtain fonts for diverse language needs.

Types of fonts

Broadly speaking one may divide fonts used today into the following groups:

Finding fonts

See the page on Unicode fonts on this site.

The following sites have information on various Unicode fonts, including many that are useful for African languages:

Creating fonts

Before Unicode, character needs in Africa beyond the character sets provided for in 8-bit standards (like ISO-8859-1) were met by modifying fonts - changing certain letters. This is no longer necessary. However, it is possible to create new fonts (or recode old ones) in Unicode encoding. This part will list some (lists of) utilities for that:

Font utilities

Recoding fonts

Re-encoding legacy fonts to Unicode with FontForge.

Other font information

Other resources

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