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

Type Sample

For a complete list of characters included in Harmattan, see Character Set Support.

Type samples showing an inventory of some of the unusual of glyphs and features can be downloaded here: Harmattan Font Type Sample — This document was produced with LibreOffice 6.4.4.2.

An example of some text is shown below.

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SIL International is the creator of the Harmattan font, and is the owner of all proprietary rights therein.