fonts for New Tai Lue script

Date: Thu Aug 12 1999 - 08:06:55 EDT


       SIL International is pleased to announce the public beta
       release of The SIL Xishuang Banna Fonts.

       The SIL Xishuang Banna Fonts are a new rendering of the New Tai
       Lue (Xishuangbanna Dai) script. Two font families, differing
       only in weight, allow for a wide range of uses. The fonts are
       available for both Windows and Macintosh systems and include
       keyboard definitions.

       The New Tai Lue script is used by approximately 700,000 people
       who speak the Tai Lue language in Yunnan, China. It is a
       simplification of the original Lanna script as used for the Tai
       Lue language for hundreds of years.

       Although this is a beta release it contains all the features
       and components that will be in the future release. The only
       changes between releases will be the font names, minor design
       enhancements and bug fixes. Also, the name "Xishuang Banna" is
       strictly temporary and will be changed in the final release.
       Comments regarding the fonts and suggestions for names are
       welcome. We also invite feedback regarding bugs.

       For additional information or to download the SIL Xishuang
       Banna Fonts package, go to

       We wish to thank the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
       Institute for Nationality Studies, Beijing, for their
       assistance in developing this font package.

       ---SIL Non-Roman Script Initiative

       Addendum for Unicode list:

       New Tai Lue script is included in the roadmap for the BMP (see
       U+19xx at http:
       but has not yet been included in Unicode/ISO 10646. These fonts
       assume 8-bit encoded text, and the Windows fonts are
       symbol-encoded. It is our hope that making this package
       available will contribute to the eventual goal of seeing this
       script included is this important standard.

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