The Padauk fonts are encoded according to Unicode, so your application must support Unicode text in order to access letters other than the standard ANSI characters. Most applications now provide basic Unicode support. You will, however, need some way of entering Unicode text into your document.

Keyboarding

Padauk does not include any keyboarding helps or utilities. If you cannot use the built-in keyboards of the operating system, you will need to install the appropriate keyboard and input method for the characters of the language you wish to use. If you want to enter characters that are not supported by any system keyboard, the Keyman program (www.tavultesoft.com) can be helpful on Windows systems. Also available for Windows is MSKLC (www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/msklc.mspx). For other platforms, KMFL (kmfl.sourceforge.net), XKB (www.x.org/wiki/XKB) or Ukelele (scripts.sil.org/ukelele) can be helpful.

If you want to enter characters that are not supported by any system keyboard, and to access the full Unicode range, we suggest you use gucharmap, kcharselect on Ubuntu or similar software. Another method of entering some symbols is provided by a few applications such as Adobe InDesign. They can display a glyph palette that shows all the glyphs (symbols) in a font and allow you to enter them by clicking on the glyph you want.

Rendering

This font is designed to work with two advanced font technologies, Graphite and OpenType. To take advantage of the advanced typographic capabilities of this font, you must be using applications that provide an adequate level of support for Graphite or OpenType.

See the Padauk font demo to view the font (using variants) in your browser — Firefox will give you the best results.

Unicode

There is a Myanmar Scripts and Languages FAQ available on the Unicode website.