The Gunjala Gondi script is used by the Gondi (Adilabad) language of South Asia. This script has been in Unicode since Unicode 11 but dates back to 1750. It was named after Gunjala, the village where Professor Jayadhir Tirumal Rao, a visiting professor at the Centre for Dalit and Adivasi Studies and Translation (CDAST), discovered an ancient hand-written manuscript. CDAST is a department of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) in India, where scholars are working to increase use of the Gunjala Gondi script, also known as Koytura Gunjala lipi. Teaching materials and textbooks are now in use in schools in the Gondi-speaking villages of Adilabad District.
Narnoor is a Unicode font based on typographer S. Sridhara Murthy’s original font for the Gunjala script. With the generous permission of CDAST at HCU we have re-engineered and released this font under the SIL Open Font License (OFL). The name “Narnoor” reflects the name of the mandal in Adilabad district of Telangana, where the Gunjala Gondi script is actively being revived.
Supported character ranges
|Unicode block||Narnoor support|
|Gunjala Gondi (complete)||U+11D60..U+11DAF|
|Codepage 1252 (Western)¹||✓|
A selection of characters from various other Unicode blocks is included in Narnoor. The font also includes the legacy Rupee Sign (U+20A8) and the Indian Rupee Sign (U+20B9) from the Currency Symbols block. Some characters from the General Punctuation block, such as various-sized spaces, are also supported. A utility such as SIL ViewGlyph can be used to examine the exact repertoire of this font.
¹Inclusion of basic Latin repertoire is provided as a convenience, e.g., for use in menus or for displaying markup in text files. These fonts are not intended for extensive Latin script use.
This Type Sample document demonstrates the characters and a sample text.
The Narnoor font has been tested to work on Microsoft Word, Microsoft Edge, Notepad, LibreOffice, Firefox, and Adobe InDesign. There may be some settings which must be modified in order for the font to work. For example, in Microsoft Word, go to the Font / Advanced menu and select Ligatures / All. In Adobe InDesign, select Paragraph / Adobe World-Ready Paragraph Composer.
Narnoor is designed to work with Graphite or OpenType advanced font technologies. 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.
The font has been tested in Microsoft Word, Notepad, LibreOffice, and Adobe InDesign. It also works in Microsoft Edge and Firefox.
A compiled and uncompiled TECkit conversion table can be downloaded which maps data using the Devanagari script to the Gunjala Gondi script. This map can be used with TECkit and/or SIL Converters. It has been minimally tested.
A compiled and uncompiled TECkit conversion table can be downloaded which maps data using the Telugu script to the Gunjala Gondi script. As above, this map can be used with TECkit and/or SILConverters. It has also been minimally tested.
Narnoor can be used with any Unicode Gunjala keyboarding program. Mark Penny’s freely downloadable Gunjala Gondi keyboard for iPhone and iPad, Linux, macOS, Android, Windows, Mobile web, and Web is based on a phonetic representation of the script.
Can I make a web page using this font?
Yes. You can create web pages that request that Narnoor be used to display them. In the download package we provide a WOFF font. See Using SIL Fonts on Web Pages for instructions on using fonts on web pages.
Can I make changes to the Narnoor font?
Yes! That is allowed as long as you abide by the conditions of the SIL Open Font License (OFL).
This font is licensed under the SIL Open Font License (OFL).
|Narnoor 1.000||for all platforms|
Release Notes for Version 1.000
- This font has both OpenType and Graphite smart positioning rules for conjuncts
- Added Latin characters to support Recommended characters for Non-Roman fonts
- Added Indic currency symbols U+20A8 and U+20B9
Narnoor is licensed according to the terms of the SIL Open Font License. The latest source files are available in a Github project.
Information for Contributors
We welcome contributions to this font project, such as new glyphs, enhanced smart font code, or bug fixes. The best way to begin the process is to file an issue in the Github project (Narnoor) or respond to an existing issue and express your interest. Then we can begin to correspond with you regarding what all might be required and discuss how to best submit your contributions.
To enable us to accept contributions in a way that honors your contribution and respects your copyright while preserving long-term flexibility for open source licensing, you would also need to agree to the SIL International Contributor License Agreement for Font Software (v1.0) prior to sending us your contribution. To read more about this requirement and find out how to submit the required form, please visit the CLA information page.
As these fonts and utilities are distributed at no cost, we are unable to provide a commercial level of personal technical support. We will, however, try to resolve problems that are reported to us.
We do hope that you will report problems so they can be addressed in future releases. Even if you are not having any specific problems, but have an idea on how this system could be improved, we want to hear your ideas and suggestions.
Please note that these fonts are intended for use by experienced computer users. Installing and using these fonts is not a trivial matter. The most effective technical support is usually provided by an experienced computer user who can personally sit down with you at your computer to troubleshoot the problem.
General troubleshooting information, including frequently asked questions, can be found in the documentation. Additional information is also available on the general Font FAQ page. If that fails to answer your question, send an email via this contact form.
Before requesting technical support, please:
- Carefully read all the documentation provided with the font and on this site.
- Try the Support and Troubleshooting path on scripts.sil.org.
Language Software Community
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If that fails to answer your question, or you have a bug report, feature suggestion, or need help using the software, please contact us using the form below.