Charis SIL and Doulos SIL release

Date: Fri Feb 03 2006 - 21:46:56 CST

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    SIL International is pleased to announce the official release of the
    Charis SIL Unicode fonts ( Charis
    SIL provides a single Unicode-based font family that contains
    near-complete coverage of all the characters defined in Unicode 4.1 for
    Latin and Cyrillic-based writing systems, whether used for phonetic or
    orthographic needs. In addition, there is provision for other characters
    and symbols useful to linguists. These fonts make use of state-of-the-art
    font technologies to support complex typographic issues, such as the need
    to position arbitrary combinations of base glyphs and diacritics

    Charis SIL is a serif, proportionally-spaced font optimized for
    readability in long printed documents, and is similar in design to
    Bitstream Charter, one of the first fonts designed specifically for laser
    printers. It is highly readable and holds up well in less-than-ideal
    reproduction environments. It also has a full set of styles - regular,
    italic, bold, and bold italic. It has been released under SIL's Open Font
    License (

    The goals of the Open Font License (OFL) are to stimulate worldwide
    development of cooperative font projects, to support the font creation
    efforts of academic and linguistic communities, and to provide an open
    framework in which fonts may be shared and improved in partnership with

    The OFL allows the licensed fonts to be used, studied, modified and
    redistributed freely as long as they are not sold by themselves. The
    fonts, including any derivative works, can be bundled, embedded,
    redistributed and sold with any software provided that the font names of
    derivative works are changed. The fonts and derivatives, however, cannot
    be released under any other type of license.

    At the same time, SIL has also released an update of the Doulos SIL font
    (See to match the character set
    represented in Charis SIL.

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