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Mongolian Typeface Mongolian
Language Kit
 

 

Mongolian is used throughout Mongolia and the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China. The traditional vertical script has been in use in Inner Mongolia for hundreds of years but was unfortunately banned in (Outer) Mongolia during the Soviet occupation. As a result, literacy in the traditional script is still quite low in Mongolia despite an attempt to revive it. Nevertheless, it has a long and rich literary tradition and, even today, newspapers, books and other publications can be found throughout Ulaanbaatar.

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Computing has come along way since our first bitmap font in the early 80s and we’re pleased to continue supporting this unique script but the nature of the Mongolian script has presented special challenges at every turn and the current attempt to support it under Unicode is no different.

Displaying Mongolian properly requires lots of advanced typographic features. It is traditionally written vertically, from left to right, which presents the biggest challenge in most computing environments. At a typographic level, the Mongolian script is similar to Arabic in structure — it too requires different letter forms depending on the character and its position in a word (isolated, initial, medial and final). Unfortunately some glitches in Apple’s advanced typography support have made our job even more difficult. Nevertheless, we are attempting to work around the biggest issues and hope to have a solution.

More news about when you can expect an OS X version of the Mongolian Language Kit will be made available once we’ve addressed the remaining problem areas. Interested parties, feeling up to the challenge, can request a copy of the kit in its current implementation.

Announcements

April 15, 2010

Google Checkout Tips

February 1, 2010

Drepung Upgrade Released
Limbu Update
Lepcha Update

January 31, 2010

Cham Language Support

December 29, 2009

Microsoft Word 2008 Support?!

November 3, 2009

Tibetan Font Upgrade: Drepung

November 1, 2009

Lepcha Kit Upgrade

October 21, 2009

New: Google Checkout

October 2, 2009

Snow Leopard, what have you done?

July 10, 2009

Continuing Khmer Enhancements

May 16, 2009

Adobe InDesign Support: Is it possible?

February 28, 2009

Unicode Syriac Support Added

December 31, 2008

New Khmer Muul Font Released

November 24, 2008

Support for Adobe InDesign Added to Drepung Font

September 20, 2008

New Tibetan Unicode Font: Drepung

August 15, 2008

Support for Mon (Unicode) added

July 19, 2008

Support for Shan (Unicode) added

July 16, 2008

Support for Sgaw Karen (Unicode) added

July 9, 2008

Support for Unicode Burmese 5.1

March 16, 2008

Special Offer for Current Tibetan Language Kit Owners

January 6, 2008

New Tibetan (Unicode) Font: Horyig