|License||SIL Open Font License|
|Design based on||Bitstream Charter|
Charis SIL (/ˈkɛərɪs/) is a transitional serif typeface developed by SIL International based on Bitstream Charter, one of the first fonts designed for laser printers. The font offers four family members: roman, bold, italic, and bold italic.
Its design goal is to "provide a single Unicode-based font family that would contain a comprehensive inventory of glyphs needed for almost any Roman- or Cyrillic-based writing system, whether used for phonetic or orthographic needs."
Charis SIL supports Graphite, OpenType, and AAT technologies for advanced rendering features. Along with Doulos SIL and Gentium, it is licensed under the SIL Open Font License (OFL), and can be downloaded free of charge.
Version 6.2 of the font, with over 3,800 glyphs, current as of 2023[update], was released on 1 February 2023.
Variant forms of many characters can be chosen in the word-processor. For example, for primer-style 'a' and 'g', append
ss01=1 to the name of the font in the font-selection window. (Features are appended with a colon and linked with an ampersand – see images at left.) Alternatively, customized versions of the fonts can be created with TypeTuner, prior to download, that have those forms preset.
Features that may be chosen include small capitals, primer-style 'a' and 'g', roman-style 'a' and 'g' in italic typeface, variant forms of capital 'Ŋ', large modifier apostrophe and saltillo, Vietnamese-style diacritics, Serbian-style italics (in Cyrillic), staveless tone letters, and automatic fractions.
Phonetician John C. Wells recommended Charis SIL for displaying IPA symbols.
- ^ "Charis SIL (Home Page)". 2 October 2014.
- ^ "SIL Open Font License (OFL)". scripts.sil.org.
- ^ Download page on sil.org
- ^ "Character Set Support". Charis SIL. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
- ^ "Current Versions". SIL International. 2022. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
- ^ a b Charis: features
- ^ TypeTuner Web homepage
- ^ Wells, John (2012-06-04). "IPA transcription in Unicode". University College London. Archived from the original on 2007-12-02.
- Charis SIL homepage
- Smart Unicode typefaces released under free license, Linux.com article on Charis SIL and its release as open source.
- Using IPA fonts with Mac OS X: The Comprehensive Guide, a guide to setting up and using Charis SIL and the International Phonetic Alphabet characters on Mac OS X
- TypeTuner Web homepage