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Multilingual Unicode TrueType Fonts on the Internet


On this page: Table of fonts | Styles | Using these fonts in Windows | Using these fonts in Linux

The following multilingual UNICODE TrueType fonts I have found to be available for free download from the Internet. Below the table you find details to styles, codepages (scripts), UNICODE character ranges, and multilanguage support in Windowsi 95 / 98 and hints on using these fonts in Linux.

The most complete TrueType font I know is "Arial Unicode MS". This font contains all characters defined in the Unicode Standard. It comes with some newer Microsoft Windows and Office versions (and maybe Internet Explorer) but does not seem to be available for free download any longer (at least I don't know the URL)

 
Font NameStylesSupported scripts and characters (Windows)Supported character sets (XFree86/Linux)Download
Andale MononCE, Cyr, Baltic, Greek, Tur

koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, Download andale32.exe from sourceforge.net (self-installing executable for Windows)
Search FTP sites for andale32.exe
Arial BlacknCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur

koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, Download arialb32.exe from sourceforge.net (self-installing executable for Windows)
Search FTP sites for arialb32.exe
Arial Narrown, b, i, biCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur

koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, Download arialn.zip from ftp.kiae.su:
Search FTP sites for arialn.zip
Arialn, b, i, biCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur
Arabic, Hebrew (since version 2.76)
some combining diacritical marks, Vietnamese (since version 2.76)
koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-8, iso8859-7, iso8859-6, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, Download arial32.exe from sourceforge.net (self-installing executable for Windows)
Search FTP sites for arial32.exe
Athena RomannCE, Cyr, Greek

Polytonic (classical) Greek
iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-4, Download athena.zip from www.nyu.edu
Bitstream CyberbitnCE, Cyr, Baltic, Greek, Tur
Hebrew, Arabic
combining diacritical marks, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and much more...
contains most of the characters currently defined in UNICODE (almost 30,000 characters), but does not contain Old Cyrillic or non-Slavic Cyrillic characters)
jisx0201.1976-0, koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-8, iso8859-7, iso8859-6, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, Search FTP sites for cyberbit.zip
Book Antiquan,b,i,biCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur

koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-3,
Bookman Old Stylen, b, i, biCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur

koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-3, Download bookos.ZIP from ftp.kiae.su:
Search FTP sites for bookos.zip
Century Gothicn,b,i,biCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur

koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-3,
Code 2000nCE, Cyr, Baltic, Gree, Tur

and much more... see information here
koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-8, iso8859-7, iso8859-6, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-1, Download CODE2000.ZIP from home.att.net
see here for information
Comic Sans MSn, b, i, biCE, Cyr, Baltic, Greek, Tur

iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-4, Download comic32.exe from sourceforge.net (self-installing executable for Windows)
Search FTP sites for comic32.exe
Courier Newn, b, i, biCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur
Arabic, Hebrew (since version 2.76)
some combining diacritical marks, Vietnamese (since version 2.76)
koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-8, iso8859-7, iso8859-6, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-1, Download courie32.exe from sourceforge.net (self-installing executable for Windows)
Search FTP sites for courie32.exe
Garamondn, b, iCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur

koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-2, Download gara.zip from ftp.kiae.su:
Search FTP sites for gara.zip
Georgian, b, i, biCE, Cyr, Baltic, Greek, Tur

iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-2, Download georgi32.exe from sourceforge.net (self-installing executable for Windows)
Search FTP sites for georgi32.exe
HaettenschweilernCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur

koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-2, Download hatten.zip from ftp.kiae.su:
Search FTP sites for hatten.zip
ImpactnCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur

koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-2, Download impact32.exe from sourceforge.net (self-installing executable for Windows)
Search FTP sites for impact32.exe
Lucida Sans UnicodenCE, Cyr, Baltic, Greek, Tur
Hebrew
combining diacritical marks, some Old Cyrillic characters, non-slavic Cyrillic characters (Kazakh etc.)
koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-8, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-1, Download lsansuni.zip from ftp.kiae.su:
Search FTP sites for lsansuni.zip
Metropol 95nCE, Cyr, Baltic

iso8859-5, iso8859-2, Download metropol.zip from www.funet.fi
Search FTP sites for metropol.zip
Monotype CorsivanCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur

koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-1,
TahomanCE, Cyr, Baltic, Greek, Tur
Arabic, Hebrew
combining diacritical marks
iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-8, iso8859-7, iso8859-6, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-1, Download tahoma.zip from ftp.kiae.su:
Search FTP sites for tahoma.zip
Times New Romann, b, i, biCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur
Arabic, Hebrew (since version 2.76)
some combining diacritical marks, Vietnamese (since version 2.76)
koi8-ru, koi8-r, iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-8, iso8859-7, iso8859-6, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-1, Download times32.exe from sourceforge.net (self-installing executable for Windows)
Search FTP sites for times32.exe
Vera Humana 95n, b, i, biCE, Cyr, Baltic

iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-5, Download verhum95.zip from ftp.funet.fi
Search FTP sites for verhum95.zip
Verdanan, b, i, biCE, Cyr, Greek, Baltic, Tur

iso8859-15, iso8859-10, iso8859-9, iso8859-7, iso8859-5, iso8859-4, iso8859-3, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-4, Download verdan32.exe from sourceforge.net (self-installing executable for Windows)
Search FTP sites for verdan32.exe
XSerif UnicodenCE, Cyr, Baltic

some Old Russian characters (fita, yat', izhitsa), some combining diacritical marks
iso8859-15, iso8859-9, iso8859-5, iso8859-2, iso8859-1, iso8859-4, Download xsuni.zip from www.slovo.info

Erklärung zu den Schnitten:

Styles:

n = normal, d. h. die Grundversion der unter "Name" genannten Schrift, unabhängig von deren tatsächlichem Gewicht oder Schnitt n = normal, this means the basic version of this font as specified in the font name independetly on its real weight or style
b = fett b = bold
i = kursiv i = italic
bi = fettkursiv bi = bold italic
m = medium m = medium


Windows 95 / 98: Zeichensätze (Scripts) und UNICODE Bereiche

(Alle Angaben beziehen sich in erster Linie auf europäische Versionen von Windows 95 und 98)

Windows 95 / 98: Codepages and UNICODE Ranges

(All details refer to European versions of Windows 95 and 98 but may be valid for other versions, too.)
  1. In allen Anwendungsprogrammen, die auf 8-bit-Kodierung basieren (das sind leider immer noch die meisten), sind nur die rot angegebenen Zeichensätze verwendbar. 

Dazu müssen für die meisten Programme einige zusätzliche Eintragungen in der Datei win.ini gemacht werden - siehe die Anleitung dazu hier. 
Dabei bedeuten die Kürzel: 
CE - Ostmitteleuropäisches Script, Windows-Codepage 1250 
Cyr - Slavisch-Kyrillisches Script, Windows-Codepage 1251 
Baltic - Baltisches Script, Windows-Codepage 1257 
Greek - Griechisches Script, Windows-Codepage 1253 
Tur - Türkisches Script, Windows-Codepage 1254 
 

  1. In applications based on 8-bit text encoding only codepages given in red may be used. 

For use in most programs you will have to add some lines to file win.ini in your windows dirctory - see instruction here. 
Abbreviations mean:
CE - Central European script, Windows code page 1250
Cyr - Slavic Cyrillic script, Windows code page 1251
Baltic - Baltic script, Windows code page 1257
Greek - Greek script, Windows code page 1253
Tur - Turk script, Windows code page 1254

  1. In Anwendungsprogrammen, die "Language Scripts" unterstützen (z. B. WordPad), sind zusätzlich die orange gekennzeichneten Zeichensätze verwendbar.

Die Windows-Sprachunterstützung muß installiert sein. In der Schriftliste erscheinen die verschiedenen Sprachvarianten der Schrift, oder der benötigte Zeichensatz kann in einem extra Feld im Schriftartendialog ausgewählt werden. Eintragungen in der Datei win.ini sind nicht erforderlich.

  1. In application programs supporting  "language scripts" (e. g. Word Pad) additional scripts (code pages) given in orange may be used.

Multilanguage support must be installed. In the application's font list appear different versions of a font for every script, or the script may be selected in a list box in font dialog window. Entrys to file win.ini are not required.

  1. In modernen UNICODE-basierten Programmen (z. B. Word 97) sind zusätzlich die grün angegebenen Zeichenvorräte verwendbar.

Alle Zeichen in der Schrift sind direkt über ihre Unicode-Nummer zugänglich, ohne dass ein bestimmer Sprachbereich ausgewählt werden muß. Eintragungen in der Datei win.ini sind nicht erforderlich.

  1. In UNICODE based applications (e. g. Word 97) additional character ranges given in green may be used.

You can directly access every character in the font by it's Unicode number without choosing a "script". Entrys to file win.ini are not required.


Use in Linux

In Linux, you can use TrueType-Fonts with XFree86 version 4 and newer. There are also applications with their own TrueType font support, e.g. OpenOffice, Mozilla or the Unicode text editor Yudit.

The character sets given in the "character sets" column of the font table are the ones recognized by the TrueType font install utility "ttmkfdir".

In order to extract the .exe files in which some of the fonts are packed use the "cabextract" program available at corefonts.sourceforge.net.


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