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The Mongolian Unicode block covers the very closely related scripts of Mongolian, Todo, Sibe, and Manchu. These scripts are cursive and are written top-to-bottom in columns that progress from left-to-right. The Mongolian encoding, and the processing required to properly render it, are "works in progress". The Unicode Consortium will publish addition information as a Unicode Technical Report. The issues are exceedingly complex.

Microsoft Word (version 2003 and earlier) doesn't properly display Mongolian text. Use WorldPad (free), BabelPad (free), or Internet Explorer instead.

In the 1940s the Mongolian script was replaced by Cyrillic in the Soviet Union. Mongolia is now reintroducing the script. Inner Mongolia (in China) did not switch to Cyrillic and continues to use this traditional script.)

Font Samples

font sample * font information
Sample of Code2000 at 30pt Code2000    [ show all samples ]  (code2000.ttf)
Note: Code2000 requires version 1.453.3665.0 or later of the Uniscribe engine (usp10.dll) for proper display of Mongolian.
Source: Download this shareware font ($5) from James Kass's webpage.
Stats: Version 1.16 has 61,864 glyphs and 239 kerning pairs
Support: Arabic script (Arabic, Baluchi, Kirghiz, Persian, Shahmukhi, Sindhi, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek), Armenian, Bengali, Braille, Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Cherokee, Chinese (Bopomofo only, including Extended), Cirth, Coptic, Cyrillic (all or most of range), Devanagari, Ethiopic (including supplement and extended blocks), Ewellic, Georgian (Mkhedruli and Asomtavruli), Greek (including polytonic and Coptic characters), Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, IPA, Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji/Han Ideographs including Extension A), Klingon, Korean (Hangul only), Lao, Latin, Limbu, Mongolian, N'Ko, Ogham, Phaistos, Runic, Syriac, Tamil, Telugu, Tengwar, Thaana, Thai, Tifinagh, Vietnamese, Yi
OpenType Layout Tables: Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Buhid, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Han Ideographic, Hangul, Hangul Jamo, Hebrew, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Malayalam, Mongolian, Myanmar, N'Ko, Tamil, Telugu, Thai
Sample of Manchu2005 at 24pt Manchu2005    [ show all samples ]  (ManchuFont2005.ttf from Manchu_Font_2005_version.zip)
Warning: While this font is usable for Manchu, it deviates from the current Unicode Standard for the Mongolian block. Detailed information on which codepoints to use is in the "ManchuFontStandard(Draft).doc" file within the .zip download.
Source: Free download from the Manchu Sourceforge project.
Stats: Version 2.005 2005 has 864 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Mongolian (specifically Manchu), Latin
Sample of SimSun-18030 and NSimSun-18030 at 30pt SimSun-18030 and NSimSun-18030    [ show all samples ]  (SimSun18030.ttc from gbextsup.msi)
Warning: Mongolian script cannot be properly rendered by this font.
Source: Part of the free GB18030 Support Package
Stats: Version 2.06 (1.00 for the individual fonts) has 30,891 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Chinese (Jiantizi/Simplified Han Ideographs including Extension A, Bopomofo), Cyrillic (Russian, expanded spacing), Greek (including polytonic, expanded spacing), Japanese (Hiragana and Katakana only), Latin, Yi (expanded spacing)
OpenType Layout Tables: Han Ideographic (Chinese)

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