Re: Non-standard 8-bit fonts still in use

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Rhonda Hartell did a compilation based on available info, published 23 yrs ago by SIL. Christian Chanard put that info into a database, Systemes alphabetiques, accessible via links from

All I have right now (taking break from shoveling leaf compost).


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From: Doug Ewell
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To: Don Osborn
Subject: Re: Non-standard 8-bit fonts still in use
Sent: May 8, 2016 2:31 PM

Don Osborn wrote:

> In the multilingual settings I'm most interested in, the language
> requirements often overlap, sometimes considerably (thinking here of
> extended Latin alphabets). This is because in many languages use
> characters that are part of the African Reference Alphabet. So it is
> possible to have one keyboard layout for each language, or merge
> requirements if you will for two or more. When the A12n-collab group
> was active* one concept discussed at some length was a "pan-Sahelian"
> layout that could serve many languages across a number of countries.

I wonder if there is a good and fairly comprehensive reference to the
most common Latin-based alphabets used for African languages, comparable
to Michael Everson's "The Alphabets of Europe" [1]. Such would be
helpful for determining the level of effort to create a pan-African
keyboard layout, or to adapt (if necessary) an existing multilingual
layout like John Cowan's Moby Latin [2].


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