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Bhutanese fonts



CDAC is Pune's Center for Development of Advanced Computing. They sell typefaces for all Indic languages. They introduced the Indian Script FOnt Code (ISFOC) standards to enable composing Indian language text. Scripts covered include Devnagari (Hindi, Marathi), Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Sanskrit, Diacritic Roman, Sinhalese, Bhutanese, Nepali, Tibetan. Useful type catalogs in PDF for Devnagari (Hindi, Marathi), Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Sanskrit, Diacritic Roman, Sinhalese, Bhutanese, Nepali, Tibetan, PersoArabic (Urdu Open Type, Kashmiri Open Type, Sindhi Open Type, Nashir True Type fonts). Type subpages with catalogs. The Indian Script FOnt Code (ISFOC) standards were invented by CDAC for their software products, Most of their fonts follow this standard. Scans from 1996: Swastik, Zodiac signs, National heroes, Dashavtar. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christopher J. Fynn
[Software&Fonts for Bodhic Languages&Script]

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Department of Information Technology

At the DIT of Bhutan, free Dzongkha (Bhutanese) fonts: Wangdi29, XTashi (2003), Uchen_05 (2002). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Devanagari Unicode fonts

Page with many Devanagari fonts and links, by David McCreedy. He states: "The Devanagari script is a Brahmi-based writing system used originally to write Sanskrit. It is used in India and Nepal to write many languages, including these: Konkoni: The state language of Goa, India; Hindi: The official language of the Indian government and the state language of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, India; Marathi: The state language of Maharashtra, India; Nepali: The national language of Nepal, also used in parts of India and Bhutan; classical Sanskrit." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dzongkha Sourceforge (or: Pema Geyleg)

Bhutanese free font project, with three finished fonts: Wangdi29 (or: Joyig), XTashi, Uchen_05. This project is currently registered in the name of Pema Geyleg. This website has been created by Sonam Wangdi and Pema Geyleg. Participants: Sangay Wangchuk (head), Jigme Tenzin (manager), Sonam Wangdi (developer), Chezangla (developer) and Pema Geyleg (developer). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gregor Verhufen
[Jamyang Software]

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Jamyang Software
[Gregor Verhufen]

Gregor Verhufen (Jamyang Software, Germany) created the Tibetan fonts Dzongkha and Dbu can (1997). His Gelong Rinchen (1997) is a Joyig (Bhutanese cursive) style font based on calligraphy by Gelong Rinchen. His Pem Tshewang (1997) is based on calligraphy by Lopon Pema Tsewant, and was created for the National Library of Bhutan. Commercial Tibetan fonts: DBU-MED and MGYOGS-YIG (Bhutan). [Google] [More]  ⦿


The Limbu script is used to write Limbu or Yakthungba Pan, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by about 280,000 people in eastern Nepal, Bhutan, and northern India. Limbu has been encoded in Unicode 4.0. The Limbu script is included in James Kass's Code2000 font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Software&Fonts for Bodhic Languages&Script
[Christopher J. Fynn]

Fantastic page about Tibetan and Dzongkha (Bhutanese) typography and word processing maintained by London-based Christopher J. Fynn. TibKey software is a context sensitive Tibetan Keyboard for Windows 3.1x and '95, and Tibetan fonts. Many great links. He designed CJFUchen and Tibetan Modern A (1994). In 2006, he designed a gorgeous Bhutanese style Tibetan script digital font in OpenType format called Jomolhari. This font also covers Latin. Download it also here and at Google Fonts. In 2009, he created Tibetan BZDMT Uni, a decorative Tibetan unicode font with a didone Latin included---it is based on the freely available BanZhiDa BZDMT font and is trademarked by the BZD Corporation. In 2010, he created DDC Uchen, a font he Dzongkha Development Commission in Bhutan. They have made it publicly available for free distribution under the terms of the Open Font Licence. This font is now used by Kuensel, the national newspaper of Bhutan, as the main font in their daily Dzongkha language edition. It is also used in many books and government publications.

Also check Fynn's list of Tibetan fonts. Open Font Library link. Jomolhari link at the Free Tibetan Font Project. Fontspace link. Pic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

THDL: The Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library
[Tony Duff]

Site at the University of Virginia. The Trace Foundation has sponsored an important initiative to assist the use of Tibetan script in a digital environment. First, they have made Tibetan Computer Company's (TCC) Tibetan Machine typeface, freely available to the public under a general public license (GPL). Second, they have sponsored the creation of a web-amenable cross-platform version of the same font, entitled Tibetan Machine Web. Downloads at this site, which states: "The development of these public-domain fonts was only possible due to the efforts of Mr. Tony Duff of the Tibetan Computer Company over many years and his generosity in collaborating with Trace Foundation to make his font available under a general public license. The original creator of the Tibetan Machine typeface, Mr. Duff spent years consulting Tibetans and their calligraphy in order to perfect the font, which is widely considered to be one of best Tibetan fonts in the world. Tibetan Machine is also one of the most comprehensive font in its coverage of Tibetan punctuation marks and a variety of other symbols not found in most other fonts. In addition, Mr. Duff has created other even more attractive fonts, such as Tibetan Calligraphy, that use the same encoding as Tibetan Machine. These, their Tibetan word processing software and electronic literature using the fonts are available for purchase from the Tibetan Computer Company (for details contact TCC at tdolma@wlink.com.np or Snow Lion Publications at http://www.snowlionpub.com). With the sponsorship of the Trace Foundation, Mr. Duff created the web-viable version of his font, known as Tibetan Machine Web. Also freely available to the public under a general public license, this font was created by changing the encodings of the original Tibetan Machine font, but it still uses the same elegant glyphs. Furthermore, Mr. Duff has kindly provided extensive documentation for both fonts that has and will greatly aid developers in their implementation." Tony Duff created Dzongkha Calligraphic, a font that was bundled with the Dzongkha! program for WordPerfect for MS DOS. Dzongkha! was a version of TCC Tibetan! commissioned by the Dzongkha Development Commision for distribution within Bhutan. Alternate URL for his free fonts: TibetanMachine, TibetanMachineSkt1, TibetanMachineSkt2, TibetanMachineSkt3, TibetanMachineSkt4 (1999-2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tony Duff
[THDL: The Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library]

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