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Web Fonts For Pāḷi

Not all fonts have all of the characters we need for Pali. You have three options:

  1. Use the letters without the dots and lines, etc.
  2. Draw in the lines and dots manually
  3. 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:

aāiīuūtṭdḍnṇṅñmṁ

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

Google Fonts

The following are web fonts by Google that contain all of the letters.

Font NameTypeRegularItalics
Gentium BasicSerif400, 700
400, 700
Gentium Book BasicSerif400, 700400, 700
GelasioSerif400, 500, 600, 700
400, 500, 600, 700
EB GaramondSerif400, 500, 600, 700, 800
400, 500, 600, 700, 800
CardoSerif400, 700
400
CormorantSerif300, 400, 500, 600, 700
300, 400, 500, 600, 700
Cormorant GaramondSerif300, 400, 500, 600, 700
300, 400, 500, 600, 700
Cormorant InfantSerif300, 400, 500, 600, 700
300, 400, 500, 600, 700
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