Armenian Fonts

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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. The procedure is quite simple. You can find it in Windows Help or Macintosh Help, and both Microsoft and Apple have very detailed articles in their Websites.

One of the best fonts is "Sylfaen", which comes with Windows, but it can also be installed in the Macintosh System X without conversion and without difficulty, because it is Open Font. Macintosh comes with "Mshtakan" as a default Armenian font, 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 one or more 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.


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