Fonts and Keyboards for SIL Cameroon documents
SIL Cameroon documents often contain special characters. In the past SIL developed special fonts providing those characters. These days Unicode encoding and Unicode fonts have taken over the older legacy fonts.
When viewing these documents it's best to use the same fonts that were used during the creation of the documents.
If you have a need to create documents yourself using special characters and therefore special fonts it's best to make use of a program that maps keys of your computer keyboard to the various special characters of a specific language. Such a program and the accompanying keyboard mappings are provided by Tavultesoft
Generally, it's best to install the fonts needed first and then install the keyboards that will use those fonts.
The following True Type fonts are designed for use in documents requiring Unicode fonts. Please follow the link to the SIL International home page for each font. Use the instructions found there to download and install the fonts you require (usually, Charis SIL and Doulos SIL are a minimum).
Charis SIL is a serif, proportionally-spaced font optimized for readability in long printed documents.
Doulos SIL is very similar to Times/Times New Roman, but only has a single face - regular. It is intended for use alongside other Times-like fonts where a range of styles (italic, bold) are not needed.
Gentium is a typeface family designed to enable the diverse ethnic groups around the world who use the Latin and Greek scripts to produce readable, high-quality publications. It supports a wide range of Latin-based alphabets and includes glyphs that correspond to all the Latin ranges of Unicode.
Charis SIL font home
Doulos SIL font home
Gentium font home
Many SIL Cameroon documents have been written and encoded using the so called legacy fonts. You may need them on your computer if you want to display these documents correctly.
For this reason these fonts are available for downloading here below. But their use is discouraged for new documents.
Download: Cam Cam SILDoulosL
Download: Cam Cam SILDoulosL Bold
Download: Cam Cam SILDoulosL Italic
Download: Cam Cam SILSophiaL
Download: Cam Cam SILSophiaL Bold
Download: Cam Cam SILSophiaL Itali
Download: Cam2 Cam2 SILManuscriptL
Download: Cam2 Cam2 SILManuscriptL Bold
Download: Cam2 Cam2 SILManuscriptL Italic
Download: Sassoon Sans SILCAM
General Notes on Keyboards
The following are the SIL Cameroon recommendations for keyboard associations:
AF - Afrikaans = Cameroon Unicode
CA - Catalan = Cameroon
Is - Icelandic = SIL IPA93 Unicode
In - Indonesian = SIL IPA 93
Fr - French = US International Unicode
En - English (U.S.) = US
GL - Galician = AZERTY Cameroon Unicode (Must change to AF if you will use orthography template.)
Information on the installation and use of IPA Unicode keyboards for both the Microsoft keyboards and Keyman keyboards can be found at this link:IPA Unicode Keyboards
Once fonts are installed you can download and install the following Microsoft keyboard packages (to be made available soon).
NOTE: If you have already installed a previous version of these keyboards you must uninstall that version first and then reboot before installing the packages listed below.
To install, unzip the package to your desktop and double-click the setup.exe file.
All Keyboard charts in PDF format
As of April 2008 the Keyman keyboards listed below are only needed in one of the following two situations:
- if Paratext is used
- if access to a legacy font is needed.
For Tavultesoft products, Keyman and Cameroon Keyboards, you are referred to their website:Tavultesoft
Editing special Unicode characters of Cameroonian languages
There are various ways to to enter special characters in Cameroonian texts.
- 1. Make use of Tavultesoft Keyman keyboard manager and the Cameroon keyboard
- A very elegant way when you have to edit Cameroonian texts frequently.
- 2. Enter the Unicode codepoints manually
- This goes rather easily making use of the free program Quick Unicode Input.
Also possible with Word's Alt-X method.
- 3. Enter the bytes directly
- By using an editor that supports Hexadecimal mode, like the free Notepad++, you are able to include special characters in your Cameroonian texts.
You may find all pertinent information for the special Cameroon characters in the following document:
Download: Cameroon special characters