The list below includes some of the fonts offered for various languages. The list is far from comprehensive, nor does it cover all possible languages, but it can serve as a good starting point if you're searching for a font in your language and do not know where to begin. Note that there are no references to font or font sites offering support only for Roman or Latin languages. We figured that you will not need us to get those.
This page was last updated October 29, 2009.
XW Zar fonts is a collection of Opentype Arabic fonts covering Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Dari, Pashto, Uzbek, Kurdish, old (Ottoman) and new Turkish (Roman) languages with 'Open Type' and 'Apple Advanced Typography' technology support. (Courtesy of Behnam, Updated October 29, 2009)
A useful PDF detailing Masterfont's Hebrew fonts supporting OpenType (and thus pointing marks and trope marks).
CTAN.org fonts, many more and a third part of fonts converted to Mac format, courtesy of Robert F. Scheyder. Look up the license here. A great collection of OpenType fonts and others (updated August 31, 2007)
Persian Fonts for Mellel (sit, 3MB). (Includes installation instructions and a PDF sample, courtesy of Ahmad Moshref of Sweden)
More Persian Fonts for Mellel and Panther (sit, 11.1MB). (see details and installation instructions, courtesy of Behnam)
There are many free fonts floating aroung, and most of the fonts listed below are also free. Here mentioned are some sites with good free fonts collections. Some of them are OpenType fonts, with which Mellel excels.
- DA fonts: Beautiful free fonts, many of which are OpenType fonts.
- DYNC: Lots of 'fancy' Roman fonts.
- Barcodes INC: several links fo free fonts.
There are several very large fonts available over the internet, each supporting numerous languages. The following list names most of them (please write to us if we've missed one).
- Alphabetum: An excellent font with extensive support for ancient languages, including some fairly rare ones.
- Cardo: A font supporting most latin characters and also offers Hebrew and Greek.
- Caslon: An extensive font covering Latin, Mach, Hebrew, Greek, and more.
- Code 2000: A very extensive font that covers almost the entire Unicdoe range.
- Code 2001: A free font covering the entire Plane 1 of Unicode.
- Everson Mono: A nice Courier-like font with extensive Latin support.
- Free Mono and Free serif: Fonts supporting many scripts, including Hebrew, Thaana, Cyrillic, Greek (also Polytonic), IPA, Latin, Runic, and more.
- Lucida Grande: The default font in Mac OS X, supporting latin, Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic and more.
- Gentium: A well designed font with extensive support for Latin scripts and Greek.
- Microsoft fonts: Several fonts with varying degrees of support for many scripts.
- Titus Cyberbit Basic: An excellent font supporting numberous languages, now in a version supporting Unicode 4.0.
- Typoteque: Multilingual OpenType fonts by Peter Bilak.
(also see Hindi)
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For instructions on how to start writing in Vietnamese, see here.