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extended smart Unicode Latin/Greek font family for literacy

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.

After receiving many insightful comments on the Design Review and Basic fonts, Andika's final letterforms have been refined with alternate shapes still available for some characters. This font now contains the same character set as Charis SIL and Doulos SIL.

Andika provides OpenType and Graphite features like smart code for diacritic placement and supports recent additions to Unicode and the SIL PUA, and character assignments are updated to conform to Unicode 5.1

See the FONTLOG for information on this and previous releases.

Webfonts formats and HTML/CSS examples are available.

Source files are available

Tags: Writing script: Greek, Latin, Made Of: Font, Role: Standalone Data, X Window System: Font

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