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Updated 25 October, 2014 

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FontCreator Review PageMy Unicode fonts were edited with High-Logic FontCreator, a powerful TrueType font editor. The professional edition automates much of the process of adding composite characters to fonts.The latest Ver supports class-based kerning and GPOS scripts. The online manual gives details of what it can do, or read my review of the latest changes.

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MainType Review PageFont collectors may find MainType useful — a Font Manager from High-Logic for viewing, organis-ing, and managing fonts.

OpenType features were initially added using OpenType Compiler. FontCreator 7 or later supports OpenType scripts.

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Balava is a revival of Baskerville derived from Libre Baskerville a font released under the SIL Open Font license. • Typeface Sample

23/10/2014 (ver 1.22) • 4 styles, 2,622 Glyphs, > 27K Kerning Pairs

Balava Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Tablular FiguresOrdinals Contextual Ligatures (Velthuis Encoding) OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Small CapitalsCapitals to Small CapitalsPetite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard LigaturesLocalised Forms for Roman Numerals (Ligatures)

Cankama is a Gothic, Black Letter script • Typeface Sample

19/10/2014 (ver 1.80) • Regular, 2,306 Glyphs, 1,343 Kerning Pairs

Cankama Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Initial Forms (Word Start Alternates)Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Petite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures

Garava was designed for body text. It has a generous x-height and economical copy-fit. The family includes Extra-Bold and Extra-Bold Italic styles besides the usual four. Typeface Sample

23/10/2014 (ver 3.62) • 6 styles, 3,016 Glyphs, >27K Kerning Pairs

Garava Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals Contextual Ligatures (Velthuis Encoding) OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Small CapitalsCapitals to Small CapitalsPetite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard LigaturesLocalised Forms for Roman Numerals (Ligatures)

Guru is a condensed Garamond style type face designed for economy of copyfit. 100 pages of text set in the Pali typeface would be about 95 pages if set in Garava, or 92 pages if set in Guru. • Typeface Sample

23/10/2014 (ver 3.32) • 4 type styles, 2,860 Glyphs, >24K Kerning Pairs

Guru Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals Contextual Ligatures (Velthuis Encoding) OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Small CapitalsCapitals to Small CapitalsPetite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard LigaturesLocalised Forms for Roman Numerals (Ligatures)

Jivita is an original Sans Serif typeface for body text • Typeface Sample

23/10/2014 (ver 1.81) • 4 type styles, 2,404 Glyphs, >10K Kerning Pairs

Jivita Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Initial Forms (Word Start Alternates)Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Case-sensitive FormsPetite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures

Kabala is a distinctive Sans Serif typeface designed for display text or headings • Typeface Sample

23/10/2014 (ver 2.93) • 8 type styles, 2,388 Glyphs, >12K Kerning Pairs

Kabala Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Proportional FiguresOrdinals OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Case-senstive FormsSmall CapitalsCapitals to Small CapitalsPetite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures

Lekhana is my Ver of Zapf Chancery. A flowing script that can be used for correspondence or body text • Typeface Sample

20/10/2014 (ver 1.72) • 4 type styles, 2,217 Glyphs, >10K Kerning Pairs

Lekhana Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical FormsLocalised Forms for Roman Numerals (Ligatures)

Mandala is designed for decorative body text or headings. “Mandala” is a Pali word meaning “circle.” • Typeface Sample

20/10/2014 (ver 1.82) • 4 type styles, 2,548 Glyphs, about 4K Kerning Pairs

Mandala Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Petite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures

Odana is a calligraphic brush font suitable for titles, or short texts where a less formal appearance is wanted. • Typeface Sample

20/10/2014 (ver 2.82) • Regular type style, 2,708 Glyphs, >20K Kerning Pairs

Odana Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Initial Forms (Word Start Alternates)Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)Proportional FiguresOrdinals OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Petite CapitalsCapitals to Petite CapitalsTitling Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures

Pali is my Ver of Hermann Zapf’s Palatino. • Typeface Sample

23/10/2014 (ver 2.51) • 4 type styles, 2,793 Glyphs, >17K Kerning Pairs

Pali Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals Contextual Ligatures (Velthuis Encoding) OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Small CapitalsCapitals to Small CapitalsPetite CapitalsCapitals to Petite CapitalsTitling Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard LigaturesLocalised Forms for Roman Numerals (Ligatures)

Sukhumala is derived from Sort Mills Goudy. • Typeface Sample

19/10/2014 (ver 1.71) • 5 type styles, 2,596 Glyphs, over 23K Kerning Pairs

Sukhumala Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals Contextual Ligatures (Velthuis Encoding) OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical FormsLocalised Forms for Roman Numerals (Ligatures) Small CapitalsCapitals to Small CapitalsPetite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures

Talapanna is my Ver of Goudy Bertham, with decorative gothic capitals and extra ligatures in the Private Use Area. Typeface Sample

23/10/2014 (ver 3.00) • regular/bold styles, 2410 Glyphs, >12K Kerning Pairs

Talapanna Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Initial Forms (Word Start Alternates)Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)Lining Figures (align with Capitals)Ordinals OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Case-senstive FormsPetite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures

Veluvana means “Bamboo Grove.” The Greek glyphs are from Guru. Small Caps are greater than x-height. • Typeface Sample

21/10/2014 (ver 2.82) • Regular type style, 2,533 Glyphs, >12K Kerning Pairs

Veluvana Typeface Sample

Alternative FractionsScientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals Localised Forms for Roman Numerals (Ligatures) OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Petite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures

Verajja is a Pali word meaning “a variety of kingdoms or provinces.” It is derived from Bitstream Vera, a font released under a generous license agreement. See the Gnome Project for details. Typeface Sample

21/10/2014 (ver 3.32) • 4 type styles 2,395 Glyphs, >21K Kerning pairs

Verajja Typeface Sample

Scientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals Contextual Ligatures (Velthuis Encoding)Localised Forms for Roman Numerals (Ligatures) OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical Forms Petite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures

Verajja Serif now includes OpenType Features • Typeface Sample

21/10/2014 (ver 1.60) • 4 type styles 2,399 Glyphs, >20K Kerning Pairs

Verajja Serif Typeface Sample

Scientific InferiorsSubscriptsSuperscriptsDenominatorsNumeratorsFractions Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)Ordinals Contextual Ligatures (Velthuis Encoding)Localised Forms for Roman Numerals (Ligatures) OrnamentsStylistic Alternates Terminal Forms (Word Ending Alternates)Historical LigaturesHistorical Forms Petite CapitalsCapitals to Petite Capitals Discretionary LigaturesStandard Ligatures

VerajjaPDA is a cut-down Ver of Verajja without the symbols. It includes Greek and Latin Extended Character sets.

18/8/2006 (ver 2.70) • 4 type styles, 905 Glyphs

7-Zip Home PageFont archives compressed using 7-Zip’s LZMA format are typically about half the size of archives produced using standard ZIP format.

To save bandwidth, time, and server space, most downloads now use this format. 7-Zip is highly recommended. It has strong encryption and is a mature OpenSource program.

Download PageMac OS users can download a utility for extracting 7-Zip archives from Sixty Five, Ltd.

I have no way of testing my fonts on Mac OS or other Operating Systems, but I will be interested to know if they work, or if there is a simple modification I can make so that they will work.


Latest Updates

25 October, 2014

All except VerajjaPDA were updated with Custom Naming for font subfamilies. This minor improvement means that Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic styles should be named appropriately for other languages.

Balava is derived from Libre Baskerville, a revival of John Baskerville’s Transitional typeface of 1757. I have added a bold italic type style, and many additional glyphs for Petite Capitals, Small Capitals, Basic Greek, Ligatures, Superscripts for Ordinals, Subscripts for Fractions, Stacking Fractions, and a full range of Symbols and Dingbats. OpenType features provide easy access to these additional glyphs in applications that support them. Ver 1.20 adds symbols for MAC Command and Option keys.

Cankama 1.60 completes the currency symbols for Unicode 7.0 and adds some kerning pairs. Ver 1.80 adds symbols for MAC Command and Option keys.

Garava 3.60 adds symbols for MAC Command and Option keys, and completes the Number Forms. Ver 3.61 adds localised forms for the Roman Numerals, which are now ligatures.

Guru 3.30 adds symbols for MAC Command and Option keys. Ver 3.32 adds localised forms for the Roman Numerals.

Coloured Glyphs for Initial Forms: Open in new Tab to EnlargeIVITA 1.60 fixes a bug in the precedence of OpenType features and adds more kerning pairs. Ver 1.70 includes a fully updated set of Initial Forms. Jivita 1.72 harmonizes the width of the Initial Forms, which are now colour glyphs. Ver 1.73 reverses the colours for the Bold Italic style. Ver 1.80 adds symbols for MAC Command and Option keys. Ver 181 adds several double-struck capitals.

Spacing for Kabala Weights Corrected to Increase EvenlyKabala 2.80 fixes a bug in the precedence of OpenType features so that it’s no longer necessary to disable ligatures when using Petite Capitals. Kabala 2.90 increases the spacing of the Semi-bold glyphs to fit better between regular and bold. Some bugs were fixed and some pairs were added to the Ornaments feature (ornm, unknown in Serif Apps) for typing chess symbols with wk, wq, wr, wb, wn, wp, bq, bk, br, bb, bn, bp. It also adds standard ligatures for fff and fffl, and discretionary ligatures for sf, sfi, sfy, sh, and sk. Ver 2.93 adds proportional figures (pnum).

Lekhana 1.60 completes the currency symbols for Unicode 7.0, fixes some bugs, and adds many more kerning pairs. Ver 1.70 adds standard ligatures for fff and fffl, and discretionary ligatures for sf, sfi, sfy, sh, and sk, and some Ornaments for typing chess symbols. Ver 1.72 fixes some bugs.

Mandala 1.70 fixes a bug in the precedence of OpenType features so that it’s no longer necessary to disable ligatures when using Petite Capitals. Ver 1.80 adds standard ligatures for fff and fffl, and discretionary ligatures for sf, sfi, sfy, sh, and sk, and some Ornaments for typing chess symbols.

Decorative Glyphs for Initial Forms: Open in new Tab to EnlargeDANA includes Decorative Drop Capitals as Initial Forms. Titling Capitals are much taller than regular capitals. A bug was fixed in Petite Capitals, which no longer use smaller brackets. These are used only if Caps to Petite Caps are enabled. Another bug was fixed in Ordinals. Kerning values were added for Initial Forms and Titling Capitals.

Ver 2.80 adds standard ligatures for fff and fffl, and discretionary ligatures for sf, sfi, sfy, sh, and sk. The Initial Forms are now all smoothed, so should look good even at very large sizes. Version 2.82 adds hinting to the Initial Capitals.

Coloured Glyphs for Initial Forms: Open in new Tab to EnlargeALI Ver 2.30 adds more kerning pairs and Initial Forms with coloured glyphs. Each of the four type styles has a matching, but different set of coloured glyphs, which can be tested in Firefox 32 or later.

The spacing of Titling Capitals was increased for Italics, Bold, and Bold Italics to match the Regular type style. Ver 2.40 adds standard ligatures for fff and fffl, and discretionary ligatures for sf, sfi, sfy, sh, and sk. Ver 2.43 adds MAC Command and Option key glyphs, and localised forms for Roman Numerals, which are now ligatures. Ver 2.50 adds Enclosed Alphanumerics for lowercase a-z, and fixes several bugs. Ver 2.51 deletes three duplicated glyphs.

Sukhumala is based on the Google font Sorts Mill Goudy revival by Barry Schwartz. Using FontCreator 8.0, I have added many glyphs, some more OpenType features, and many kerning pairs. I changed the default OldStyle figures to Lining Figures as these work better with Stacking Fractions and in tables. The OldStyle figures remain in the Private Use Area and are accessible via the OldStyle Figures GSUB feature. I have added Small Capitals to the existing Petite Capitals. I have also added bold and bold italic type styles to complete the four styles needed for body text.

Ver 1.70 adds glyphs for the Macintosh Command key (Place of Interest, hex 2318) and the Option key (hex 2325) in the Miscellaneous Technical character set. An OpenType feature for Localised Forms (locl) replaces Roman Numerals with Number Forms, which are designed as Ligatures.

Talapanna 2.70 completes the currency symbols for Unicode 7.0, and adds many more kerning pairs. Ver 2.90 adds standard ligatures for fff and fffl, and discretionary ligatures for sf, sfi, sfy, sh, and sk, and some Ornaments for typing chess symbols. Subscripts were added for a-z for fractions. Ver 3.00 adds some Mathematical Operators to match other fonts.

Veluvana 2.70 changes the priority of OpenType features so that Standard and Discretionary Ligatures no longer override Small and Petite Capitals features. Ver 2.80 adds standard ligatures for fff and fffl, and discretionary ligatures for sf, sfi, sfy, sh, and sk, and some Ornaments for typing chess symbols. Subscripts were added for a-z for fractions. Ver 2.82 fixes a bug.

Verajja Serif 1.60 now includes OpenType features, a full set of currency symbols for Unicode 7.0 and over 20,000 kerning pairs. Localised forms substitute Number Forms for Roman numerals.

Verajja 3.30 adds Alternative Fractions, Contextual, Discretionary, and Historical Ligatures, and more kerning pairs. Ver 3.32 fixes some bugs.

Icons were added to indicate which OpenType Features are present, and their order of precedence. Carita and Hattha were withdrawn as they will no longer be updated to match my other fonts.

My most recent fonts no longer use the OpenType Compiler. This only runs under Windows XP so I no longer include scripts to edit OpenType features. Users of FontCreator Pro can edit the OpenType feature scripts directly within the program using its own OpenType script editor.

OpenType Features

Alternate Annotation Forms (Enclosed Alphanumerics)Alternate Annotation Forms: (nalt) These use digits and uppercase (and/or lowercase) letters enclosed in a large circle.

Alternative Fractions (Stacking Fractions)Alternative Fractions: (afrc) Stacking fractions are useful for typesetting fractional measurements in inches. The full set from 1/2 to 63/64 is included, with some kerning pairs where needed.

Case-sensitive FormsCase-sensitive Forms: (case) Brackets may be moved up to align better with Capital letters. Or, German Double s may use alternative forms for Capitals or Petite Capitals.

Contextual Ligatures (Velthuis Encoding)Contextual Ligatures: (clig) Used in Balava, Garava, Guru, Pali, and Sukhumala to convert Velthuis encoded text (e.g. nibbaana) to text with diacritics (nibbāna). This is a non-standard use of Contextual ligatures.

Denominators for FractionsDenominators: (dnom): Baseline subscripts for use with the fractions feature. Use the same glyphs as the superscripts

Discretionary LigaturesDiscretionary Ligatures: (dlig) These are primarily intended for decorative use or to recreate the appearance of historical documents.

FractionsFractions: (frac) Slashed fractions, precomposed from 1/2 to 7/8, or composed from numerators and denominators for other non-Unicode fractions like 1/10th, improper fractions like 4/3, or maths formulae like 1/x or a/b.

Historical FormsHistorical Forms: (hist) s will be replaced with long s: It should have a lower precedence than historical ligatures.

Historical LigaturesHistorical Ligatures: (hlig) sb, sh, sk, sl, si ssi, ssl, etc., will be replaced with long s ligatures. The letter pairs with long s tend to clash when followed by letters with ascenders ſb ſh ſl and ſk.

Initial Forms (Word Start Alternates)Initial Forms: (init) Jivita, Talapanna, Cankama, and Odana have Decorative Drop Capitals that use this feature. PagePlus calls them “Word Start Alternates.”

Localised Forms for Roman Numerals (Ligatures)Localised Forms: (locl) I have used these to substitute Roman numerals for I, II, III, IV, etc., which may be useful in numbered lists or page numbering. In those fonts that support this feature the Roman numerals are designed as ligatures or are more tightly spaced.

OldStyle Figures (align with x-height)OldStyle Figures: (onum) Designed for use with lowercase and petite capitals. If a font’s default figures are OldStyle figures, like Georgia or Talapanna, the font may need lining or tabular figures.

Lining Figures (align with Caps Height)Lining Figures: (lnum) If a font’s default digits are OldStyle figures the lining figures can be used with All Capitals.

OrdinalsOrdinals: (ordn) Where a letter or letters follow a number, this feature will substitute superscripts. In Adobe and Microsoft fonts, this feature is useless as all lowercase letters become superscripts. According to Microsoft’s own recommendations, this feature should be contextual.

Ornaments (Dingbats)Ornaments: (ornm) A convenient way to access dingbats or enclosed alphanumerics. Type 0-9, a-z, or A-Z, to access a wide range of symbols.

Numerators (for Fractions)Numerators: (numr): Superscripts for use with the fractions feature. Also includes A-Z, a-z for use with ordinals (and a wide range of accented superscripts in some fonts).

Petite CapitalsPetite Capitals: (pcap) smaller capital letters designed to match the x-height of the font, and similar in stroke weight and advance width to the lowercase glyphs. If well designed, enabling or disabling this feature for lowercase text should make little difference to spacing or line-breaks.

Petite Capitals from CapitalsPetite Capitals From Capitals: (c2pc) Uppercase letters will also be replaced with Petite Capitals if this feature is used. Serif™ call this “Capitals to Petite Capitals.” This feature applies smaller punctuation to match the height of petite capitals, which is the font’s x-height.

Proportional FiguresProportional Figures: (pnum) Proportional figures for fonts with monospaced default figures. They may be lining figures (aligning with capitals) or OldStyle (aligning with x-height).

Scientific InferiorsScientific Inferiors: (sinf) Subscripts that bisect the baseline for use with Chemical formulae like H2O (Water), C2H4 (Ethylene), H2SO4 (sulphuric acid), etc.

Small CapitalsSmall Capitals: (smcp) these are usually about 70% to 80% of the Caps Height and similar in proportion to the majuscule forms.

Small Capitals from CapitalsSmall Capitals From Capitals: (c2sc) Uppercase letters will also be replaced with Small Capitals if this feature is used. Serif™ call this Capitals to Small Capitals.

Standard LigaturesStandard Ligatures: (liga) These should be enabled by default. The Alphabetic Presentation Forms of ff, fi, fl, ffi, ffl are supplemented by other pairs like ffr, ky or tt, where adjacent letters clash.

Stylistic AlternatesStylistic Alternates: (salt) Some glyphs like Gabriola (Windows 7) have alternate letter forms that the user can select manually. My fonts have alternate sets for * + @ © × † ‡ •, for Geometric Shapes circle and black circle, and for the first Miscellaneous Symbol — black sun with rays.

SubscriptsSubscript: (subs) Subscript digits or lowercase a-z aligned on the baseline for use with the fractions feature.

SuperscriptsSuperscript: (sups) Superscript digits and letters. The same glyphs are used by the ordinals and fractions feature, and by subscripts. They may be used for maths formulae such as a²+b² = c².

Tablular FiguresTabular Figures: (tnum) Fixed width figures for fonts with proportional default figures.

Terminal FormsTerminal Forms: (fina) Greek sigma has a terminal form for use at the end of words.

Titling CapitalsTitling: (titl) Lighter, and more generously spaced, capital letters designed for use at large point sizes — say, 36 point or larger.

Alternative Fractions look better than Regular Fractions for MeasurementsOpenType Glyph Substitutions: My fonts use the Private Use area for these extra glyphs. If you use LibreOffice, my Add and Remove Ligatures Macros can be used to add/remove ligatures, and it could modified to convert regular text to Petite Capitals or Titling Capitals. Titling Capitals are a lighter weight than regular capitals, and more generously spaced.

Stacking fractions save space when typesetting measurements. Enable kerning for the best results. Regular fractions are included only for 1/2 to 7/8 as supported by Unicode, but stacking fractions include a full set up to 63/64. Enable the OpenType Alternative Fractions feature, and type, e.g., 13/32 or 47/64. Insert a zero-width space after whole numbers to prevent them being treated as part of the numerator.

FAQ

  1. Are these fonts copyright? Yes. Although they are free, they are subject to copyright under the GNU License. You may modify the fonts, include glyphs in your own fonts, and even sell your modified Vers, but if you do they must also be released under the same GNU License terms. Modified Vers must be renamed.  
  2. Can I host your fonts on my web site? No. Please do not redistribute my fonts, but post a link to this page to ensure that everyone can get the latest Vers and other new fonts. I regularly update and improve my fonts, and I wish to ensure that users always have the latest Vers.
  3. How can I use the OpenType features? If you have a program with OpenType support you can access the OpenType features. PagePlus supports all of the OpenType features in my fonts and was used to test the features. PagePlus X7 is only £20 now that PPX8 has been released.
  4. Can I use OpenType features in LibreOffice? Not yet. However, you can insert any of the special glyphs from the Insert Symbol menu or use a macro to search and replace very quickly.
  5. How Did You Add the OpenType Features? Earlier, I used a free program called OpenType Compiler, but it only runs under Windows XP, so it is now pretty much obsolete. See this Tutorial on the High-Logic Forum for details. Now, I use FontCreator 8.10. See this Tutorial.
  6. How Do I install OpenType Fonts? The same way as you install TrueType fonts. Open the Windows Fonts folder and select “Install New Font...” from the file menu. Browse to where the fonts are saved and select them. You can also use a Font Manager such as MainType.
  7. How do I open the 7-Zip Archives? Download the 7-Zip archive program from Source Forge. IZArc will also open 7-Zip archives.
  8. Why do you use 7-Zip Format? Because TrueType fonts compress much better with the LZMA format used by 7-Zip than with standard Zip format. Archives are typically only half the size, which means less server space, less bandwidth, and faster downloads. 7-Zip is free and small.
  9. How long does it take to make a font? That depends on how well you want to do it. Anything between a few minutes and a few months.  Please see the story of The Chariot Maker.
  10. What if I find a bug in your fonts? I am always glad to hear about bugs or defects in my fonts. If I know about them I can usually fix them easily. Send me an E-mail with a screen shot and an explanation of what you think is wrong, or suggestions for improvements. In general, a minor Ver number indicates a bug-fix release, so 2.01 or 2.02 would be a bug-fix release for Ver 2.0, but 2.1 would be a new Ver with new glyphs and/or new or modified OpenType features.

Contact me by email to report any bugs or suggest improvements

Download 7-Zip Archive of PagePlus Keyboard FilesPagePlus Keyboard (for Windows)

PagePlus has a customisable keyboard, but lacks the option to assign individual characters to shortcuts, unless they already appear on the menus. This keyboard was designed for typing the accented characters required for Pāli using the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. Unlike the Windows UK International Keyboard, it can type a full range of accented characters for East European languages — ç, ł, ņ, ż, etc., as well as those needed for French or German. Full list of shortcuts.

Download 7-Zip Archive of US and UK Windows Pali KeyboardsThis archive contains some simpler Pāli keyboard layout files based on the US an UK keyboards.

Installing the Keyboards

PagePlus Keyboard Icon in the Windows taskbarTo install a keyboard — extract the files in the archive to any convenient location, then double-click on the installation program to install the keyboard. The PagePlus keyboard package includes the source file so you can modify it as you wish using the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator.

After installation, you can select the keyboard in Control Panel, Languages and Keyboard Options, Add other languages, Details, where you can select the keyboard from the drop down list. That makes the keyboard available — to activate it, click on the icon in the system tray and select it from the list.

To uninstall the keyboard use Add or Remove programs from Windows Control Panel or run the installation setup program again.

If you need to type in European languages as well as Pāli, I recommend the PagePlus keyboard. It has the widest range of shortcuts and is easier to use for typing English. If you don’t need most of the shortcuts they won’t slow you down, just learn the ones that you do need. Any keyboard shortcuts that you assign in PagePlus or other programs will override my assignments.

If you have any feedback on the keyboards or fonts, send me an email. If you don’t tell me about bugs or defects they cannot be fixed.