Bitstream Cyberbit is a professionally-designed large Unicode font which provides coverage of many major scripts, including Latin, extended Latin, Greek, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai, Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji), Korean, and Chinese Hanzi (ideographs). Among TrueType fonts with extensive Unicode coverage, this font has historically been one of the best that could be downloaded for free. The Bitstream Cyberbit Font License permits the licensee to use the font for free on only one system.
Note: The MITF site is apparently no longer available. An alternative is the Dhivehi Politics site which provides two Thaana Unicode fonts for download, Faruma.ttf and AReethi. These fonts are available for free download although the licensing terms are not specified. The same font package is also available from maldivesculture.com.
The Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP, मदन पुरस्कार पुस्तकालय) Library is a non-profit, non-governmental institution in Nepal. The library is well-known for its literary collections and its work in publishing, education, and training. Three Devanagari Unicode fonts, Sanir Karmacharya's Kalimati and Kanjirowa, and Rabison Shakya's Thyaka Rabison can be downloaded here. In addition to the fonts, the MPP is working on Nepali keyboard standardization, Unicode conversion, sorting, and spell checking software in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Science and Technology, HMG.
The Kannada Localization project on Sourceforge is working to localize free software, initially KDE and Gnome, in Kannada. Sampige is a free OpenType Kannada font available for download from this site.
Be sure to visit the Indix project's Raghu OpenType fonts download page which includes a Tamil font. Sooriyan.com has released a free Tamil Unicode font by Jeyatheepan Ulagapiragasam called SooriyanDotCom in order to help accelerate the use of Unicode in Tamil computing. Four GPL'ed Tamil Unicode fonts are also available at this site. Be sure to download TmlUniGNU-GPL.zip which contains VaigaiUni by P.S. Ranganathan with OpenType feautures added by A.Umar and TheneeUni, TheneeUniTx and ThendralUni all by A. Umar.
Another excellent Lao Unicode font is Dr. John Durdin's carefully hinted Saysettha Unicode Open Type font is available which is available for free from Tavultesoft's Lao Script for Windows download page.
Jason Glavy has produced a number of interesting fonts, including Lao Unicode fonts. All of his fonts can be downloaded and used for free in a non-profit context. His Asian fonts, including the Lao Unicode fonts, can be downloaded from here. The Lao Unicode fonts are now OpenType fonts which work in OpenOffice 2.1 and MS Office 2003 and above. In older applications (such as Office XP on Windows XP) these fonts may not be usable because the positioning of the tone marks may collide with superscript vowels.
MyaZedi provides Unicode-based solutions for the Myanmar IT market. According to Ngwe Tun at MyaZedi.com, their MyaZedi_M17n.ttf font is "free for personal, academic, and non-profit use." For commercial licenses, contact MyaZedi at email@example.com. Myazedi has recently also released two new OpenType fonts, Maykha and Malikha (at www.fontmm.com) --these fonts are freely downloadable trial versions of a commercial product. MyaZedi now has a new professional-looking web site. The MyaZedi font version 1.2 is available under an Open Source license and the company has now also released version 2.0 under a commercial license.
Clytie Siddall of the Vietnamese free-software translation team (nhóm Việt hóa phần mềm tự do) has an excellent treatise comparing Unicode fonts for Vietnamese in which she highlights the vn.net typographer Hùng's Vu Phu Tho font as an example of how Vietnamese diacritics should look. Although this font is not currently available on the vn.net site, we are encouraging the author to put it up on the site again.
The fonts will be made available under a royalty-free license to anyone, including publishers, software developers, scientists, students, and the general public. If they ever release the font, that is ... (those of you following this saga will know that the release has been delayed repeatedly).
In addition to the fonts listed below, scholars will also want to take a look at the Medieval Unicode Font Initiative project, the Thesaurus Indogermanischer Text- und Sprachmaterialien (TITUS) project (which includes the TITUS Cyberbit Basic font (requires registration to download for personal use)), the Junius-Unicode font for medievalists (Junicode) project, and of course Deborah Anderson's Script Encoding Initiative at the Department of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley.
The Arkandis Digital Foundry offers a great collection of high quality Latin fonts in PostScript and TrueType/OpenType formats for professional publication and graphic work released under the AFPL and GPL with font exception licenses. The collection originated a few years ago with ADF's typographer's desire to have a set of quality fonts for artistic endeavors that could serve as an alternative to expensive commercial fonts. An informative guide en français is available. Professional and aspiring graphic artists alike should not miss the opportunity to download this excellent collection of free fonts.
ok. But I am using Summit Indica Unicode/Non Unicode software to type Assamese.The default font for summit is Geetanjalilight (for Assamese) and it is a non Unicode font. We are using non unicode assamese font for book layout and text. So please solve the problem in that case.Details:OS: Windows 7Typing Software: Summit Indica v1.00Font: Geetanjalilight/Geetanjalibold (Non Unicode)Software (not support শ্ল, প্ল, ক্ত these letters) : Indesigncs6, Photoshop cs6, etc..
Many fonts are proprietary fonts, such as those included with Windows. On this page, I provide some freely distributed fonts for download. These fonts are Unicode fonts and are compatible with Windows-based systems and applications such as Microsoft Word (or any Microsoft Office application), Notepad, etc. 2b1af7f3a8