A generic FAQ for all of our Roman fonts can be found here: Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek Fonts – FAQ. FAQ’s and Known Issues specific to Andika are found below.

What characters are included with this release?

See Character Set Support for the full listing.

Why does the font have some Greek characters, but not all?

While it is true that the font includes some Greek characters, it is not intended to provide general support for the Greek language. Those Greek characters that were included were done so in order to support various (primarily linguistic) notational systems. If Greek language support is needed, the Galatia SIL and Gentium fonts are two available options.

Where does the name “Andika” come from?

Andika — pronounced ahn-DEE-kah

Swahili — spoken widely in eastern regions of the African continent, among other places.

Meaning — “Write!”

What are all the stages of release for the Andika fonts?

  • Andika Design Review — completed
  • Andika Basic — completed
  • Andika Regular — completed
  • Andika New Basic Bold, New Basic Italic, and New Basic Bold-Italic — completed
  • Andika Bold, Italic, and Bold-Italic

I’m having a problem with line spacing in Publisher. Do you have a solution?

This is a Microsoft Publisher problem that affects some fonts, including Andika, and not others. One effective workaround is to specify line spacing as a point size, rather than as a space size. A Microsoft forum discusses it here.

This affects Publisher 2003 and 2007 and some versions of 2010. It appears to be okay in Publisher 2010 when all current updates have been applied.

What are the benefits of using Andika?

Clear, simply designed letters. This facilitates letter recognition, a skill second only to distinguishing sounds in learning to read. Some fonts have letters that look like mirror images of each other, which for a new reader can be confusing. Andika gives those similar letters distinct characteristics to reduce confusion. The differences are so small that most people would not notice them, but those small differences give the brain a little help. We also applied these differentiation techniques throughout all of the hundreds and thousands of glyphs in the font, so that even those writing systems that use rare symbols can benefit.

Some of the things requested by SIL literacy specialists over the years are addressed in Andika:

  • sans serif design (no “little feet” on the letters)
  • lower case ‘a’ and ‘g’ more like handwriting (also known as “one-storey” shapes)
  • capital i, lower case l, and numeral 1 that don’t look alike
  • lower case r which, when followed by n, doesn’t look like m
  • diacritics (accent marks) that are big enough to recognize, and which position themselves properly
  • letter shapes to fit local preferences. Some parts of the world use a y with no curved tail, for example, or a 7 with a crossbar. These are just two of the optional letter shapes available

What is the difference between Andika and Andika New Basic?

  • Andika New Basic has all four faces: Regular, Bold, Italic and Bold-Italic.
  • Andika has a more complete character set comparable to Charis SIL and Doulos SIL.
  • Andika New Basic has a limited character set, supporting only the Basic Latin and Latin-1 Supplement Unicode ranges, plus a selection of the more commonly used extended Latin characters, with miscellaneous diacritical marks, symbols and punctuation.
  • Character Lists for Andika vs. Andika New Basic (Andika-only in yellow)

Andika New Basic does not include the following features that are in Andika:

  • Small Caps
  • Barred-bowl forms
  • Tone numbers
  • Hide tone contour staves
  • 9-level pitches
  • Chinantec tones
  • Bridging diacritics
  • Serbian-style alternates
  • Rams horn alternates
  • Ogonek alternate
  • Capital B-hook alternate
  • Capital D-hook alternate
  • Capital H-stroke alternate
  • J-stroke hook alternate
  • Small p-hook alternate
  • Capital R-tail alternate
  • Capital T-hook alternate
  • V-hook alternates
  • Small ezh-curl alternate
  • Capital Ezh alternates
  • OU alternates
  • Mongolian-style Cyrillic E
  • Combining breve Cyrillic form
  • Cyrillic shha alternate
  • Non-European caron alternates
  • Empty set alternates
  • Show invisible characters
  • Romanian-style diacritics
  • Show deprecated PUA

Andika New Basic includes one feature that is not in Andika:

  • Capital J alternate

What is the difference between Andika Basic (2008) and Andika New Basic?

  • Andika New Basic has all four faces: Regular, Bold, Italic and Bold-Italic.
  • Andika New Basic has a few more characters than Andika Basic.
  • Andika New Basic uses different glyphs for “a” and “r” based characters than Andika Basic, and are identical to the main Andika font.
  • Graphite feature identifiers were integers in Andika Basic and are 4-character alphanumeric tags in Andika New Basic.

Known Issues


We are aware of the following problems. Please report any others you may encounter.

  • There has been no manual hinting done, but we have greatly improved the overall autohinting parameters. Please evaluate the letterforms from printed text, but let us know if you find severe distortions. In any case, the fonts should look fine when printed.
  • On some systems tone contours have small spaces between each segment of a contour in OpenType support (this problem does not occur using Graphite).
  • When using ffi and fi ligatures with the i-tail feature, the “i” in the ligature will not turn into an i-tail. This is a Graphite-only problem.
  • The font does not yet provide non-Literacy alternates for U+0250 and U+1D44. Unfortunately this means there is no way to distinguish visually between U+0250 and U+0252. This is something we hope to fix in the next update to Andika.

Andika New Basic

We are aware of the following problems. Please report any others you may encounter.

  • Small y-tail alternate – U+01B4 LATIN SMALL LETTER Y WITH HOOK is not a part of this feature. We hope to add this character to the feature in a future release.
  • When the Literacy alternates feature is “False”, italic and bold-italic versions of “a” and “g” are double-story glyphs. They should be single-story and this issue will be addressed in the future.
  • In order for the Slant italic specials feature to work, Literacy alternates must be set to “False”.
  • The font claims to support more Unicode ranges than it actually does support. This should not be a big problem. The main place you may experience problems is when you have a character in your data that is not supported in the font, your application might not switch to a font that supports the character.