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Autonym Font

A font that can render all language autonyms.

Language autonym means language written in its own script. Example: ગુજરાત, ქართული

If we want to show a large number of language autonyms, we cannot apply the usual webfonts to it. This is because when each script requires a webfont, we will end up using a large number of webfonts. This can cause large bandwidth usage.

An example of this use case is a language selector on a website.

Autonym font tries to solve this. The font contains glyphs and opentype rules for rendering the language autonyms. And it contains only those glyphs for a language. For example, for Thai, the font has glyphs required for rendering ไทย alone.

The glyphs for the font is taken from a large number of free licensed fonts. See CREDITS file for the full list.

pyftsubset tool from Behdad ( helped a lot in the develpment of this font.

FontForge is used as the font editing program.


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Adding a new language autonym to this font

Assuming you know basics of Automake, FontForge, OpenType rules, Harfbuzz etc. (Sorry, font development is not that easy)

  1. Identify a font that has the glyphs for the new language autonym.

  2. Important: The font should have a free license that allows reuse of the glyphs. Don't violate any license. Give proper credits.

  3. Use pyftsubset to subset the font.

    pyftsubset FontName.ttf --text="YourLanguageAutonym"
  4. This will create a new font named FontName.ttf.subset.

  5. Open the Autonym.sfd using FontForge. Merge the subset font using Element -> Merge fonts, available in top menubar. Alternatively, you can also use from command line.

    ./ FontName.ttf.subset
  6. Run make test to test the newly added glyphs.


This Font Software is licensed under the SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1. See COPYING file for more information.

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