The original font on which Harmattan was based was an OFL-licensed typeface called Fouta AS, designed for one specific region in West Africa. However, significant design changes have been made as the font has been extended to handle a wider variety of languages using the Arabic script. Harmattan, named after the trade winds that blow during the dry season in West Africa, is designed in a Warsh style to suit the needs of languages using the Arabic script in West Africa. The Latin letters are a subset of the Andika font.
Two fonts from this typeface family are included in the Harmattan release:
- Harmattan Regular
- Harmattan Bold
For a complete list of characters included in Harmattan, see Character Set Support.
An example of some text is shown below.
SIL International is the creator of the Harmattan font, and is the owner of all proprietary rights therein.