The Padauk fonts are encoded according to Unicode, so your application must support Unicode text in order to access letters other than the standard ANSI characters. Most applications now provide basic Unicode support. You will, however, need some way of entering Unicode text into your document.


Padauk does not include any keyboarding helps or utilities. If you cannot use the built-in keyboards of the operating system, you will need to install the appropriate keyboard and input method for the characters of the language you wish to use. If you want to enter characters that are not supported by any system keyboard, the Keyman program ( is available for Windows, macOS, Linux and even mobile devices. For other options, KMFL (, XKB ( or Ukelele ( can be helpful.

The Myanmar Unicode keyboard package including myWin, myWinExt (MyWin adapted for Unicode 1.3, UTN 11-3) and Myanmar3Std keyboard layouts is appropriate to use with this font, and can be downloaded from the Keyman Myanmar3 (SIL) keyboard site. This keyboard was formerly available through Ekaya; however, Ekaya does not work well on Win8+.

If you want to enter characters that are not supported by any system keyboard, and to access the full Unicode range, we suggest you use gucharmap, kcharselect on Ubuntu or similar software. Another method of entering some symbols is provided by a few applications such as Adobe InDesign. They can display a glyph palette that shows all the glyphs (symbols) in a font and allow you to enter them by clicking on the glyph you want.


This font is designed to work with two advanced font technologies, Graphite and OpenType. To take advantage of the advanced typographic capabilities of this font, you must be using applications that provide an adequate level of support for Graphite or OpenType.

See the Padauk font demo to view the font (using variants) in your browser — Firefox will give you the best results.


There is a Myanmar Scripts and Languages FAQ available on the Unicode website.