smart Unicode fonts for Latin and Cyrillic scripts (tight spacing version)


The goal for Charis SIL is to provide a single Unicode-based font family that would contain a comprehensive inventory of glyphs needed for almost any Roman- or Cyrillic-based writing system, whether used for phonetic or orthographic needs. In addition, there is provision for other characters and symbols useful to linguists.

The Charis SIL font contains near-complete coverage of all the characters defined in Unicode 7.0 for Latin and Cyrillic. In total, over 3,600 glyphs are included, providing support for over 2,300 characters as well as a large number of ligated character sequences (e.g., contour tone letters used in phonetic transcription of tonal languages).

Four fonts from this typeface family are included in this release:
   * Charis SIL Compact Regular
   * Charis SIL Compact Bold
   * Charis SIL Compact Italic
   * Charis SIL Compact Bold Italic

Charis SIL is a TrueType font with "smart font" capabilities added using the Graphite, OpenType(r), and AAT font technologies. This means that complex typographic issues such as formation of ligatures or automatic positioning of diacritics relative to base characters in arbitrary base+diacritic combinations (including combinations involving multiple diacritics) are handled by the font. In addition, alternately-designed glyphs are also provided for a number of characters for use in particular contexts. These capabilities are only available if you are running an application that provides an adequate level of support for one of these smart font technologies.

This is the compact version with tighter line spacing.

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