Package: ttf-sil-andika (1.0.basic-4)
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Download Source Package ttf-sil-andika:
- Debian Fonts Task Force (QA Page, Mail Archive)
- Nicolas Spalinger (QA Page)
- Daniel Glassey (QA Page)
- Christian Perrier (QA Page)
- Homepage [scripts.sil.org]
extended smart Unicode Latin/Greek font family for literacy (Basic version)
Andika ("Write!" in Swahili) is a sans serif, Unicode-compliant font designed especially for literacy use, taking into account the needs of beginning readers. The focus is on clear, easy-to-perceive letterforms that will not be easily confused with one another.
A sans serif font is preferred by some literacy personnel for teaching people to read. Its forms are simpler and less cluttered than some serif fonts can be. For years, literacy workers have had to make do with fonts that were available but not really suitable for beginning readers and writers. In some cases, literacy specialists have had to tediously cobble together letters from a variety of fonts in order to get the all of characters they need for their particular language project, resulting in confusing and unattractive publications. Andika addresses those issues.
Its provides OpenType and Graphite features like smart code for diacritic placement. It supports recent additions to Unicode and the SIL PUA, and character assignments are updated to conform to Unicode 5.1
A much more complete character set, comparable to Charis SIL and Doulos SIL, will be supported in a future version of Andika. This "Basic" font is intended to provide an Andika with stable letterforms for both default and alternate glyphs.
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