Coptic Fonts Standard


Vision | Problems & Solution | Downloads & Extras | Convert Documents | Credits | Support Us

 

Vision

This is a project for the standardization of Coptic Fonts so as to create a unified Character Code. In other words to construct a unified system for placement of letters, djinkims, abbreviations, overlines, underlines, punctuation marks etc. on the keyboard.

[ More on the Coptic Alphabet ]

Problems

  1. The main problem rose from the lack of a unified keyboard mapping due to different goals on making keyboard mappings, some had the intention of using it in ecclesiastical purposes, others to write manuscripts, others to scan manuscripts.

  2. Moving a document from a font to another font requires enormous effort in working with macros etc.
  3. Incapability of reading and destruction of documents sometimes is inevitable
  4. A typist has to learn a new keystroke system with every new font he installs. No professional typists in the field.
  5. To preserve a document one has to make it a picture file (*.jpeg) which is impractical for production scale and handling.
  6. Lack of distribution of Coptic software, and fonts render thinking about Coptic as a PC hostile font.
  7. Problems developing advanced applications using such technologies such as XML, saving text to databases.
  8. Lack of communication among font makers, and lack of observation of each font. Lack of unity results in more separation, leading to disastrous font development.

 

 

Solution

After many months of labor, a Standard has been decided on and a sample Coptic Font has been produced.

Using the Coptic Standard Font Standard arrangement, one can type all Coptic Letters (including letters in Achmimic Dialect) in almost a totally pronunciation based system that facilitates both typing & education. Also, all types of djinkims Bohairic, Sahidic, Achmimmic could be written. Arabic numerals, simple mathematical marks & modern punctuations are present. Ecclesiastical common abbreviations are present on Alt keys.

We ask new Coptic font creators to cooperate by using this standard in order to unify & standardize Coptic fonts.

 

 

 

Downloads and Extras

The CS Coptic Fonts are freely available for download. You are also free to share these fonts with your anyone provided you distribute the package as a whole and not just the fonts.

Files in download package:

  • 7 CS Coptic Fonts using same keyboard layout [ preview of fonts included ]
  • Microsoft Word Templates for typing in Coptic [ screenshot ].
  • PDF file explaining in detail the CS Font Project includes justification for key placement, help for new font creators.

Download for Windows

or

Download for Mac/Linux/Other OSs

Additional Software

A friend of this site has created a Coptic Editor for windows that can be used to easily type and edit in Coptic.

Microsoft Visual Keyboard lets you see the keyboard for the language you've switched to on your screen so that you can either click the keys on your screen or see the correct keys to press to enter text. This can be downloaded for free from Microsoft if you have MS Office:

 

 

Converting Documents From Older Fonts

We have set up an online program to convert your existing documents in any Coptic font to the Coptic Standard Font.

Convert

 

 

Credits

The Remenkimi group (Coptic Community) on the Internet, of about 130 members, has undertaken this project of Coptic Font Code Standardization. The project was led by the following persons:

 

Support Us

Show your support for this project by promoting the CS Fonts, this will allow all Coptic texts to finally be transformed into a set of interchangeable fonts that allow easier publishing, reading, editing, and sharing.

If you would like to help in this project by converting existing Coptic fonts to the Coptic Font Standard please do contact us at either address above.

Sometimes a picture speaks a thousand words, so we've created images for supporting the CS Fonts. Right-click on the image below that you'd like to use to save it. After saving the image, simply upload the image to your own Web site and use it with the following link:

Here's an example of the HTML format for linking to the CS Fonts:
<a href="http://www.copticchurch.net/coptic_fonts/">
<img src="powered_by_coptic_fonts.jpg">
</a>
 


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