Doulos SIL font

James Crippen jcrippen at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 23 19:17:30 UTC 2009

On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 12:34, Greg Aumann <Greg_Aumann at> wrote:
> The introduction to Doulos SIL states, "This current release is a
> regular typeface, with no bold or italic version available or planned."
> So what you are seeing is expected behaviour. I expect it was done that
> way to avoid the work of designing the other faces. A lot of work.
> If you need italic, bold etc then you need to use another font. Charis
> SIL is a possibility. Gentium may also be a possibility but currently it
> has a much lower inventory of characters. Perhaps it will have all the
> symbols you need.

Another alternative which is more Times-like is Aboriginal Serif, that
has all four varieties (Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic):

It's slightly lower quality than Doulos SIL, and is missing some
things like tone bars, but it works well for a number of purposes. The
only thing I really dislike about it is the anemic glottal stop.

Linux Libertine is another Times-like font which has good support for
a wide variety of Latin/Greek/Cyrillic forms. It's also available in
all four varieties, as well as a set of small caps which work well for

This also lacks tone bars, as well as some other obscure stuff. On the
other hand, it has great Greek and Cyrillic, as well as a variety of
ligatures and variant forms.


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