About

Namdhinggo SIL 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 SIL 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 (also available in downloads) 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 Windows-only Unicode keyboards created with Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC) are available for download below.

  • The Limbu Romanized 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 DevaTyp is the “Typewriter” layout, which roughly matches the layout of a manual Devanagari typewriter.

Rendering

Namdhinggo SIL makes use of OpenType smart font technology. At this time there is little (or no) support for the Limbu script in commercial rendering systems. One implication is that the OpenType implementation in the font is not optimal. For that reason we are keeping the font as a Font in Development.

Downloads

License

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

Fonts

Namdhinggo SIL 1.004for all platforms FONT | 70.0 KB | 21 Feb 2012

Keyboards

Limbu DevaTyp MSKLC Unicode Keyboard 1.0for all platforms KEYBOARD | 280.4 KB | 21 Feb 2012
Limbu Romanized MSKLC Unicode 1.1for all platforms KEYBOARD | 278.4 KB | 21 Feb 2012

Other documents

Limbu sample text for font testing 1.4for all platforms TEXT | 25.1 KB | 23 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.

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.

Contact

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

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.

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.


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