Yoruba Language, MS Word and Fonts

From: Magda Danish (Unicode) (v-magdad@microsoft.com)
Date: Mon Aug 23 1999 - 18:12:08 EDT

I learnt of your existence when visiting Math Type's web site at
I have been teaching in Nigeria for the past 40 years, have now retired but
still visit Nigeria annually, where among other things I typeset exam papers
at various levels in math, science and Yoruba.

Yoruba, a tonal language, basically uses the Latin alphabet, but has three
extra characters: e,o and s with a diacritical dot underneath. These letters
occur in both upper and lower case. In addition: (i) the currency, the
naira, has the sign N overscribed with = and (ii) grave, flat and acute
accents(used as tone markers) though usually occuring over vowels (and
therefore printable using MS Word), sometimes occur over consonants, such as
m or n, which Word seemingly cannot do. Word can cope with the naira sign
using the EQ function, though this is somewhat cumbersome.

Has anyone produced a scaleable font with or without serifs that will print

Thank you in anticipation of your reply.

Guy Gargiulo
P.S. I use Windows 95 and MS Office Pro 97

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