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LINGUIST List 17.1638

Wed May 31 2006

FYI: SIL Not Recommending SILDoulos IPA93 Now

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        1.    Mike Cahill, SIL Not Recommending SILDoulos IPA93 Now


Message 1: SIL Not Recommending SILDoulos IPA93 Now
Date: 31-May-2006
From: Mike Cahill <mike_cahillsil.org>
Subject: SIL Not Recommending SILDoulos IPA93 Now


Why SIL doesn’t recommend SILDoulos IPA93 font any more

The world is switching to Unicode, and in the next few years the conversion
will be complete. Most linguists have had the experience of receiving
documents which use custom fonts which populate their computer screen with
annoyingly faceless boxes rather than robust meaningful phonetic
characters. Unicode-compliant fonts will largely eliminate this. SIL now
has three good Unicode-compliant fonts with phonetic character capability
which we commend for your consideration.

Charis SIL – possibly the best all around font for linguistic purposes. It
is publishing quality, has a complete IPA character set, including
stackable diacritics, so an entire manuscript, both text and linguistic
examples, may be typed with this. For Windows, MacIntosh, and Linux.
http://scripts.sil.org/CharisSILfont

Doulos SIL – not the same as ''SIL Doulos!'' SIL is now following the
industry standard of putting the company’s name at the end. This font
resembles Times New Roman and has a complete IPA character set, including
stackable diacritics. Bold and italics are not built into the font, so
these depend on the automatic formatting of Word or other word processor.
http://scripts.sil.org/DoulosSILfont

Gentium – this is excellent for general purposes (it was a winner in the
Type Directors’ Club 2003 Type Design Competition), including Greek fonts.
Much but not all of the IPA is included, though the remainder is expected
to be added within a year or so. http://scripts.sil.org/FontDownloadsGentium

The SIL IPA93 fonts have become commonly used for many conference abstracts
and journal submissions, but they are not Unicode and will not be developed
further (e.g. ''Latin small letter v with right hook'' representing the
labiodental flap will never appear in these fonts). We now recommend Charis
SIL or Doulos SIL for such submissions.

See http://scripts.sil.org/IPAhome for more discussion.


Mike Cahill
International Linguistics Coordinator, SIL International

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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