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Mar 19, 2006, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"SIL International, a non-government organization specializing in linguistics, has released two new typefaces under a free license. The fonts, Charis SIL and Doulos SIL, are early examples of what SIL intends as a new standard for typefaces. Each font includes a broad range of Unicode-based characters and symbols, and is designed for use with so-called smart font technologies.

"Charis SIL and Doulos SIL are basic typefaces--proofs of concept, you might say. Charis SIL is based on Bitstream Charter, one of the first fonts designed for laser printers..."

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