Syllabics Resources

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Canadian Syllabics & Latin Scripts

Euphemia covers most languages which use the Canadian Syllabic script including various Cree orthographies, Inuktitut and the historical Carrier/Dakelh script (dulkw'ahke). Three fonts are available with free end-user licences in TrueType-OpenType format (.ttf).

NOTE: licenses for these fonts are distributed free to end-users only. If you wish to re-distribute the fonts in any manner, please contact Tiro for information on distribution licenses. Corporations, Companies or other commercial interests will be required to purchase Distribution Licenses if the fonts are to be utilised in a for-profit environment. Exemptions may be granted in some cases by contacting us. Redistribution of these files is prohibited without a Distribution License.

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Windows/OSX TrueType font files

· Current version 2.66
· Font family includes Regular, Bold and Italic styles.
· Character compliment includes Unified Canadian Syllabics Unicode range, Windows 1252 Latin script codepage. Small Caps and OSF to be re-introduced in ver. 2.67. Version 2.66 matches Vista distribution.

   Character compliment
(small caps & OSFigures not shown in this document)

· Hinted for ClearType and greyscale rendering

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Usage notes
Some users may notice that when typesetting with Euphemia (or Pigiarniq/Uqammaq) Latin text the wordspace is quite large. The reason for this is that a larger wordspace is required for typesetting in syllabics, and so the default space has an advance width that is more confortable in syllabic texts then in Latin texts. The fonts include kerning tables which kern the Latin glyphs against the space. The recommendation is to turn kerning on (in applications that support OpenType kerning) for Latin-based text and to turn kerning off or use Auto/Optical kerning for syllabics.

Euphemia Kerning

The first example shows syllabic text with the default space, optically kerned in InDesign. The second shows the same default space with latin text. This is how it would appear if kerning is off. The third shows the result of turning kerning on (in InDesign set the spacing method to ‘Metrics’).

If working in InDesign it is easy to do this by defining character or paragraph styles. For smaller runs of text it may be simpler to manually kern Latin glyphs against the space. In InDesign this can be achieved by selecting text and keying ‘ALT+CTRL+BACKSPACE’ (Win) or ‘OPTION+COMMAND+DELETE’ (Mac); this decreases the wordspace for the selected text.

Other Notes
If you already have copies of Euphemia which you downloaded previously, or which came bundled with Windows or Mac OS X, you will always find the most up-to-date version on this website should you want to upgrade. Fonts downloaded from the Tiro website may not have the same name as other distributions. Versions shipped by Microsoft or Apple or others are not guaranteed to be fully compatible with Tiro versions (generally Tiro versions will have a larger character and glyph set as well as other updated features).

© 2007 Tiro Typeworks & Ross Mills


Inuktitut Keyboard Driver

NT/Windows 2000/XP Unicode keyboard for Inuktitut

Self-extracting archive.

 Installation instructions

Macintosh keyboards for Inuktitut are available with Mac OSX 10.3 or later. They are compatible with both the version of Euphemia available here as well as the version of Euphemia that comes with OSX, as well as any other Unicode-encoded Inuktitut fonts or UCAS fonts. If you wish to have the latest version, and/or a version of Euphemia that has the extra features (smallcaps, old-style figures etc.) you can download the version from this site.

ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᑎᑦᕋᐅᓯᑦ | Inuktitut Fonts

ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᖅ| Pigiarniq

Windows/OSX TrueType font files

(Regular Zip archive) [354KB][27.vii.2002]

Note that these are the last shipping version of Pigiarniq. New versions will be made available soon, the versions above will still be available through our version archive.

ᐅᖃᒻᒪᖅ  | Uqammaq

Windows/OSX TrueType font files

(Regular Zip archive) [266KB][27.vii.2002]

A note to those linking to these files: please link to this page and not to any files directly.

   See Also: Syllabics Main Page
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