Karen Unicode Tutorials - Fonts

The purpose of this page is to provide simple instructions for anyone who needs to install the Padauk Unicode compliant fonts.

Fonts determine the shape of the character when a computer goes to display the text. That's why, if you don't have fonts installed, the computer doesn't know what the character should look like and may display a box or question mark instead.

The first step is to download the Padauk font files from the Internet.

  • To ensure you get the latest version, go to the SIL International website and click the link to download the Padauk font zip file (you may need to scroll down the page a little to see it).

  1. Check Save File in the dialog box that pops up.
  2. Click OK
  3. If your browser asks you where to save the files, choose someplace that you can remember, and save them there. The default is usually the Downloads folder.

We also need to get the Sgaw Karen version of the Padauk font.

  1. Download the version of the Padauk font stylized for Sgaw Karen from www.openroad.net.au.
  2. Save the file (the same way you did above).
  3. Close your browser.

This font is basically the same af the Padauk font, and really you can use either. This one just has a few small styling differences that make it especially suitable for Karen.

Now we need to navigate to the folder where we saved those files. If you didn't specify a location, they're probably in your downloads folder.

  1. Click on Computer (or My Computer) on your desktop to open your file explorer.
  2. If you don't see Computer on your desktop, you can find it in the start menu.

Now we need to find the Downloads folder. It's probably listed under favorites in your sidebar. If it's not there, you might have to go to your Home folder and look for it there.

  1. Click on Downloads (under favorites) in your file explorer sidebar.
  2. Once in the Downloads folder, locate the zipped font files you downloaded from the internet. There should be one called padauksgaw, and another one called padauk-2.8.

Now we need to unzip the files. You should have an unzipping tool available in the files context menu. If not, you may need to install an unzipping utility.

  1. Right click the padauksgaw zipped file, and then click Extract Here from the context menu.
  2. Right click the padauk-2.8 zipped file, and then click Extract Here from the context menu.

Now it's time to install the font files so that your browser and other programs on your computer can find them.

  1. Right click in turn each of the four PadaukSgaw font files and click Install from the context menu.
  2. Click the padauk-2.8 folder to see the Padauk font files.

Now, last of all, you need to install the Padauk font files.

  1. Right click in turn each of the four Padauk font files and click Install from the context menu.

Note, don't worry about the OFL file. You can just delete it if you want.

That's it!

Keep the font files and share them with all your friends. The more people who have these fonts on their computers, the more reliable and enjoyable it will be to use the Karen language in computing.

Next step, get a keyboard layout.


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tutorials/installing_padauk_fonts.txt · Last modified: 2014/01/28 17:38 by ben
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