Web Fonts For Pāḷi
Not all fonts have all of the characters we need for Pali. You have three options:
- Use the letters without the dots and lines, etc.
- Draw in the lines and dots manually
- use fonts that have all the proper letters.
To test is a font has all the letters for Pali, simply take this text and style it as the font you want:
Here is a font that has all the letters:
And here is a font that doesn’t. You can see the only letter that shows properly is the ñ.
Sometimes they are very close, so we have to pay attention:
Where to get good fonts?
For fancy fonts, an nice collection can be found on Bhikkhu Pesala’s font page. Here are examples of the fonts he has created:
You can also go to websites like 1001fonts.com. The trick is to paste the sample text “aāiīuūtṭdḍnṇṅñmṁ” in the box where it says to add your text:
Then you can see the letters the font includes. For example here is a font that has several of the Pali letters, but it is missing ṭ and ḍ
The following are web fonts by Google that contain all of the letters.
|Gentium Basic||Serif||400, 700||400, 700|
|Gentium Book Basic||Serif||400, 700||400, 700|
|Gelasio||Serif||400, 500, 600, 700||400, 500, 600, 700|
|EB Garamond||Serif||400, 500, 600, 700, 800||400, 500, 600, 700, 800|
|Cormorant||Serif||300, 400, 500, 600, 700||300, 400, 500, 600, 700|
|Cormorant Garamond||Serif||300, 400, 500, 600, 700||300, 400, 500, 600, 700|
|Cormorant Infant||Serif||300, 400, 500, 600, 700||300, 400, 500, 600, 700|