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The Yi Syllabary is a modern (1970s) transformation of classical Yi characters (also called Cuan script or Wei writing). Each character of modern Yi represents one syllable plus the tone. The syllabary is used to write several, but not all, "Yi" languages (also known as Lolo).

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font sample * font information
Sample of Code2000 at 25pt Code2000    [ show all samples ]  (code2000.ttf)
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 SIL Yi at 34pt SIL Yi    [ show all samples ]  (silyi.ttf)
Source: Free download from SIL International's Yi page.
Stats: Version 1.1 has 1,392 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Yi, Latin
Sample of SimSun-18030 and NSimSun-18030 at 28pt SimSun-18030 and NSimSun-18030    [ show all samples ]  (SimSun18030.ttc from gbextsup.msi)
Warning: This font has excessive spacing between Yi characters.
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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This page was last updated on 2004-03-28