Re: Indigenous Language Fonts

CAVEMAN -- San Bernardino, Calif. USA (cjcoker@CSUPOMONA.EDU)
Fri, 21 Oct 1994 14:16:54 -0700

> Subj: Font for Salishian Languages Wanted
> I am seeking a ATM or TrueType font for MS-Windows usage, to use for
> Salishian languages. Any help, direction would be greatly appreciated.
> Dave Wells

This is a generic "cut-and-paste" response to font questions. Get back to
me if you desire a personal response. :-)

Some sources you might try are:

Ecological Linguistics
P.O. Box 15156
Washington, DC 20003
United States
(202) 546-5862

Linguist's Software
P.O. Box 580
Edmonds, WA 98020-0580
United States
(206) 775-1130

This is *NOT* an endorsement of any outfit, I just know they exist. If
anybody knows of other sources, let me know and I'll add them to the above

In addition, I develop fonts also. Most are TrueType for Windows, but other
formats I should be able to do, though I haven't tried them all, are:
o Macintosh TrueType fonts
o PC PostScript Type 1 fonts
o Macintosh PostScript Type 1 fonts
o NeXT PostScript Type 1 fonts
o PC PostScript Type 3 fonts
o Macintosh PostScript Type 3 fonts (with suitcase)
o Nimbus Q fonts

Fonts I can convert to the above (i.e., read, and write in a different format)
o Windows TrueType fonts
o Macintosh TrueType fonts
o PC PostScript Type 1 fonts (from any vendor)
o CorelDraw fonts
o LaserMaster fonts
o Macintosh PostScript Type 1 fonts (from any vendor)
o NeXT PostScript Type 1 fonts
o PostScript Type 3 fonts in major formats (PC, Mac, Bitstream, etc.)
o Nimbus Q fonts
o Intellifont FAIS fonts

If you can buy a font already made, it is much faster than if I develop one
from scratch. (Let me know where you got it from.)

However, if the font you need is just not available anywhere, get back in
touch with me, and I'll make you one. I do fonts for *INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES*
free of charge out of the goodness of my heart (in addition, there isn't
much commercial demand for exotic fonts in unusual languages -- just the
biggies: English, Spanish, Russian, French, etc. :-( ). What I would need
to produce a font is a picture of what the characters look like -- good
penmanship counts here -- and how you want they keyboard mapped (i.e., what
key do I put each character on; SHIFTed (like uppercase); or unSHIFTed (like
lowercase), etc.). Of course, any donations would be gladly accepted, but
I also know that, generally speaking, anybody using a font for an indigenous
language is probably not going to have much money, hence the free font work.
I know I enjoy (if that's the right word) studying indigenous languages,
and I don't have much money (says wife: "Why don't you get a *REAL* job.").

I can be contacted on the Internet at:
or via snail-mail at:
Chuck Coker
Indigenous Languages Project
P.O. Box 2931
San Bernardino, CA 92406-2931
United States
(909) 882-2099

Good Luck with your work,
Chuck Coker

P.S. Feel free to reproduce this notice and send it wherever you think it
might be useful.

End of generic "cut-and-paste" answer to font questions.

Chuck Coker

There have been no dragons in my life, only small spiders and stepping in gum.
I could have coped with the dragons.
Anonymous (but wise)