Charis is similar to Bitstream Charter, one of the first fonts designed specifically for laser printers. It is highly readable and holds up well in less-than-ideal reproduction environments. It also has a full set of styles—regular, italic, bold, bold italic—and so is more useful in general publishing than Doulos SIL. Charis is a serif, proportionally-spaced font optimized for readability in long printed documents.
The goal for this product was to provide a single Unicode-based font family that would contain a comprehensive inventory of glyphs needed for almost any Roman- or Cyrillic-based writing system, whether used for phonetic or orthographic needs. In addition, there is provision for other characters and symbols useful to linguists. This font makes use of state-of-the-art font technologies to support complex typographic issues, such as the need to position arbitrary combinations of base glyphs and diacritics optimally.
Charis font contains 2169 defined characters and 1730 unique glyphs. The font contains characters from the following unicode character ranges: Basic Latin (93), Latin-1 Supplement (96), Latin Extended-A (128), Latin Extended-B (208), IPA Extensions (96), Spacing Modifier Letters (80), Combining Diacritical Marks (104), Greek and Coptic (17), Cyrillic (220), Cyrillic Supplementary (38), Phonetic Extensions (127), Latin Extended Additional (256), General Punctuation (74), Superscripts and Subscripts (34), Currency Symbols (22), Combining Diacritical Marks for Symbols (5), Letterlike Symbols (5), Number Forms (54), Arrows (19), Mathematical Operators (21), Miscellaneous Technical (29), Control Pictures (1), Geometric Shapes (2), Dingbats (2), Miscellaneous Mathematical Symbols-A (2), Private Use Area (229), Alphabetic Presentation Forms (5), Variation Selectors (16), Combining Half Marks (4), Arabic Presentation Forms-B (1), Specials (5).
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