Sources for Fonts and Unicode

Sources dealing with Unicode

The XeTex site:

For a glossary of terms:

For everything about Unicode:
Example: You want to typeset (or learn about!) "Cuneiform Numbers and Punctuation".
The site tells you that these correspond to the range 12400 -- 1247F and you see all the symbols.
In addition there is a precise definition of each symbol.
         You can download the charts for private use.
         You have to find an appropriate font yourself.

Type in a symbol to find the Unicode identification:

Choose a language and pick from the virtual keyboard:

If you can not type a symbol, then draw it:

Various input methods:


Use fntsample to obtain complete charts, in PDF format, ordered according to the Unicode designation
of all the characters available in a font. The program fntsample can be downloaded at:

Usage: copy and paste ff into a terminal and replace * by the name of the font:
fntsample    -f     *.ttf
                    -o    *.ttf_[fnt_sample_chart].pdf

fntsample -f   DejaVuSerif-BoldItalic.ttf
                -o   DejaVuSerif-BoldItalic.ttf_[fnt_sample_chart].pdf

If you do not have a font, whose name you know:

Wikipedia has a list of open-source fonts:

Some Sources for Fonts

I have used fonts from the following, and other, sources. I have placed a selection of PDF tables

Libertine Fonts. I use the serif version as my main type:

Dieter Steffmann has many, very interesting and finely crafted, fonts:

The League of Moveable Type: has Raleway and other nice fonts.

Hack is an excellent mono space (teletype =\tt or fixed spacing) designed for coding:

Other Sites of Possible Interest

Various fonts such as "Old Italic":

If you need a glyph and can not find another font that has it, then Unifont is for you!
"[There are] ... glyphs for every printable code point in the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP).
The BMP occupies the first 65,536 code points of the Unicode space, denoted as U+0000..U+FFFF."
For more on Unifont, see:

Hebrew and Arabic

See the tables and sample texts in the directory: RIGHT-to-LEFT_TEXTS.

My main interest is in biblical Hebrew and ancient semitic scripts and in addition I am in the process of learning to read modern Arabic.

For the biblical texts I use the Society of Biblical Literature SBL Hebrew Font:

This is the default font at:
This excellent site has the most up-to-date electronic version of the Lenningrad Codex.
You can copy portions of the Bible off the screen, then paste them into the [FORM_for_RIGHT_to_LEFT.tex]
and obtain very eloquent versions using XeTex.

For detailed instructions on how to use, see:

Other Hebrew fonts and ancient semitic fonts are available at:

There are also Hebrew fonts available at:

For Arabic one can obtain the Scheherazade font at:

Other Languages

SIL has been developing scripts for various languages and also fonts which are aimed at literacy groups:

Xetex was developed in the 1990s by Jonathan Kew who was at SIL; see the interview with him at:

Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics

A wide variety of fonts and a great deal of information are available at Chris Harvey's site: