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Old 07-04-2006, 03:04 AM   #1
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Default Ugandan language fonts

Hi!
Does anyone have any knowledge of fonts for the following Ugandan languages:

Luo [Lango]

Lugbara

Ateso [Teso]

Luganda [Ganda]

Runyoro-Rutoro [Nyoro/Tooro]

Runyankore-Rukiga [Nyankore/Chiga]

Lusoga [Soga]

Any pointers gratefully received for a very urgent project (no surprises there, then!).

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Old 07-04-2006, 09:07 AM   #2
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Adrian:

Does anyone have any knowledge of fonts for the following Ugandan languages

You could look at Arial Unicode, which has a pretty comprehensive range of world fonts. There's also Lucida Sans Unicode, with a similar range.

   
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:49 AM   #3
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Thanks, Michael. I'll go and have a look at those now.

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Old 07-04-2006, 11:39 AM   #4
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Adrian:

None of the languages you mentioned seem to have a special script of their own. They possibly use extended Latin for their written forms, in which case you can use any extended Latin set covering non-Western languages.

   
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Old 07-04-2006, 04:49 PM   #5
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Well, there are varying degrees of extended Latin. You'd need to check the character sets of the languages in question, and then verify that the desired font(s) covered those characters....

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Old 07-05-2006, 11:19 AM   #6
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Thomas:

there are varying degrees of extended Latin

There are, but I was thinking of the WGL4 set(s) of characters. I've got an old Monotype booklet on the characters used for various languages, and several African languages were included. Unfortunately, I don't know where I put it! The booklet was produced in pre-digital times, so I'm pretty sure nothing out of the way was used for African languages written in Latin script.

   
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Unfortunately, we won't have sight of the character sets until we have sight of the ms, by which time ...

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Adrian:

we won't have sight of the character sets until we have sight of the ms, by which time

Well, as there doesn't seem to be a Unicode range covering African languages apart from those with well-known, traditional scripts, the languages you want to cover must be written in the basic Latin alphabet plus various marks already used by one or other languages. You can get those in any modern OT font that isn't specialized, e.g. Minion Pro or Myriad Pro, Times New Roman, Arial, . . . and of course the two Unicode fonts I mentioned (which are overkill).

Let semper paratus be your watchword!

   
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Let semper paratus be your watchword!

And I could always get a job in the coast guard!

Thanks Michael.

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Adrian:

Perhaps I was thinking of 'Utrinque paratus', because I didn't even know the US Coastguard had a motto.

   
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