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Dai Banna SIL fonts revised for Unicode

Dai Banna SIL Light font

Dai Banna SIL Light font

(July 2008) SIL announces the release of the Unicode version of the Dai Banna SIL fonts developed in cooperation with the Xishuangbanna Daily. This newspaper, established in 1957, is the largest newspaper in Yunnan, China, that publishes in the New Tai Lue script.

This amended font version includes a complete new rendering of the New Tai Lue (Xishuangbanna Dai) script, which is a simplification of the Tai Tham (Old Tai Lue), a script used for this language for hundreds of years. This new font family also has additional characters such as Chinese punctuation marks. The New Tai Lue script is used by approximately 300,000 people who speak the Xishuangbanna Dai language in Yunnan, China.

Dai Banna SIL Book font

Dai Banna SIL Book font

The two font families—Dai Banna SIL Light and Dai Banna Book—differ only in weight, which allows for a wide range of uses. Each typeface is available in regular, bold, italic and bold italic fonts.

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The Dai Banna SIL fonts are freely available under the SIL Open Font License (OFL). SIL intends to release all future fonts under the OFL and to issue OFL versions of existing and older font packages as time permits. To date, SIL has released 16 fonts or font families under the OFL.

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