A large number of Armenian fonts are available using the old style of encoding, called ARMSCII, but use of this old system is discouraged. The new and improved encoding system, which is universal and interchangeable is Unicode. I highly recommend documents be prepared using Unicode, and old documents and web pages be converted to Unicode.
Both Windows and Macintosh come now with Unicode fonts. If you have Windows XP or newer, or Macintosh System X, you already have Unicode fonts installed from factory. All you need to do is enable the Armenian keyboard and start typing.
One of the best fonts is Sylfaen, which comes with Windows, but it can be installed in the Macintosh System X without difficulty, because it is Open Font. Macintosh comes with Mshtakan, which is not bad, but it has automatic kerning of the letters "yech" and "viun", which cannot be switched off easily; that means, every time the letter "yech" is followed by the letter "viun", the pair is replaced by the letter "yev", the way the writing is done in Hayastan. If that does not bother you, you can use it. Otherwise, you can install any of the many other available fonts.
For those who don't like the Keyboard layout which comes with Windows or Macintosh, it can be easily changed with several utilities available free in the Internet.
- ArmUni - utility to convert ARMSCII files to Unicode
- Western Armenian Keyboard Layout
- Armenian Unicode Encoding (for technical users only)