Ending Bible poverty by facilitating the translation of God's Word among minority language communities worldwide.

Wycliffe VoicesLearn More

Bert and Wilma Visser

As Wilma and I visit people, two topics that we hear quite often are t...
Blog Post

Justin & Tammy Hettinga

What a privilege it is for us to be part of the Bible translation move...
Blog Post

Prayer Requests

Wycliffe Canada Blog

RSS

Starting from scratch: creating fonts

2018-06-05

People are often surprised to find that font design is crucial to many Bible translation projects. In fact, Bible translation can’t start until you have a way to input the language into a computer.

For any of the hundreds of languages in the world that are written using something other than the Roman alphabet, the Non-Roman Script Initiative team offers advice and practical assistance. They design and build fonts and computer  keyboards (input systems) which enable different writing systems to be used.

"We create solutions for people," says Robert Fox* of the NRSI team. "That means if there’s a language out there that cannot be used on a computer, because there’s no font available, then we will help source a font for them that contains all the letters of their alphabet. If it doesn’t exist, we’ll find someone who can help meet that need or we’ll meet it ourselves.

"We’ll design the font, and create it in such a way that it can be installed on computers, phones and tablets, and then develop a way to input it so that you can type it. And we work with people in the computing industry to be able to work as a team with them, to be able to solve these problems together."

*pseudonym used for security reasons

 

More: SIL's Non-Roman Script Initiative

 

 

Comments (0)

You must Login Below or Register to comment.