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Namdhinggo is a Unicode font for the Limbu writing system of Nepal. It provides glyphs for all Limbu characters and some Latin.

The Limbu, or Kirat Sirijonga, script is used by around 400,000 people in Nepal and India. This Unicode-encoded font has been designed to support literacy and materials development in the Limbu language.

According to traditional histories the Limbu script was developed by King Sirijonga in the 9th Century. It then fell out of use before being reintroduced in the 18th century by Teongsi Sirijonga (1704-1741) whom many felt to be the reincarnation of the first Sirijonga. The modern Sirijonga was apparently martyred in 1741 for the sake of this script by lamas in Sikkim. The script was named “Sirijonga” in his honour by the Limbu scholar Iman Singh Chemjong.

Supported character ranges

Unicode blockNamdhinggo support
Limbu (complete)U+1900..U+194F
DevanagariU+0965 DEVANAGARI DOUBLE DANDA

The Devanagari “bit” is set in this font to prevent unwarranted font switching when U+0965 DEVANAGARI DOUBLE DANDA is used. However, U+0965 is the only character from the Devanagari block in this font.

Inclusion of basic Latin characters is provided as a convenience for use in menus or for displaying markup in text files, for example. These fonts are not intended for extensive Latin script use. A utility such as SIL ViewGlyph can be used to examine the exact repertoire of this font.

Data Conversion

If you have existing data using the now-obsolete Namdhinggo SIL L font and wish to convert your data to Unicode, you may use the Limbu-legacy to Limbu Unicode TECkit mapping file to convert documents (text or Word) to Unicode. Since Namdhinggo SIL L used an encoding that is common among other fonts for the script it is possible that this mapping file will work for texts using those custom-encoded Limbu fonts.

The DevaUni-LimUni TECkit mapping file gives the ability to convert between Unicode-encoded Devanagari script and Unicode-encoded Limbu script.

Both maps can be used with TECkit and/or SILConverters.

(The Namdhinggo SIL L 8-bit legacy font is available for download below in case you no longer have it installed but still need it.)

Keyboarding

Two separate Keyman keyboards are available.

  • Limbu Phonetic (SIL) keyboard uses a Romanized layout, where the Limbu characters are located on the corresponding Latin keys (Limbu U+1901 LIMBU LETTER KA is on the “k” key, etc.).
  • The Limbu Typewriter (SIL) is the “Typewriter” layout, which roughly matches the layout of a manual Devanagari typewriter.

Rendering

This font is designed to work with OpenType advanced font technology. To take advantage of the advanced typographic capability of this font, you must be using applications that provide an adequate level of support for OpenType.

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License

This font is licensed under the SIL Open Font License (OFL)

SIL Open Font License (OFL)

Current Version

Namdhinggo 3.000for all platforms FONT | 871.2 KB | 29 Apr 2022

Release Notes for v3.000

  • Added additional weights: Medium, SemiBold, Bold, ExtraBold
  • Remove SIL suffix from font name
  • Improved kerning
  • Added documentation

Previous versions

Namdhinggo SIL 2.000for all platforms PREV FONT | 144.2 KB | 28 May 2021
Namdhinggo SIL 1.004for all platforms PREV FONT | 70.0 KB | 21 Feb 2012

Legacy font (obsolete)

This font is not encoded according to the Unicode Standard. It is a custom-encoded 8-bit legacy font.

Namdhinggo SIL L (obsolete legacy font) 1.001for all platforms LEGACY FONT | 67.1 KB | 14 Jun 2007

Support

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.

Before requesting technical support, please carefully read all the documentation included with the fonts. It can be found in the documentation folder.

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 Namdhinggo project 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.

Contact

General troubleshooting information, including frequently asked questions, can be found in the documentation. Additional information is also available on the general Font Help Guides pages.

Language Software Community

Support from other software users may be available through the SIL Language Software Community. This community will be growing to become the major source of software support.

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