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[unifont] Unifont 12.1.02 Released

From: Paul Hardy
Subject: [unifont] Unifont 12.1.02 Released
Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2019 17:15:46 -0700

1 June 2019: GNU Unifont 12.1.02 is now available.  This is a major release.

This release introduces a new TrueType font, unifont_jp, which
contains over 10,000 kanji from the public domain Japanese BDF font
Jiskan16, to replace the ideographs in the default Unifont font files.
Devanagari and Bengali glyphs have also been redrawn with narrower
consonants, for improved appearance with superimposed vowel marks.

Unifont provides fonts with a glyph for each printable code point in
the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane, as well as wide coverage of the
Supplementary Multilingual Plane (Unicode Plane 1) and some ConScript
Unicode Registry (CSUR) and Under CSUR (UCSUR) glyphs.  The unifont_jp
TrueType font also includes the 303 kanji from JIS X 0213 that are in
Unicode Plane 2.

The Unifont package includes TrueType fonts for all of these ranges,
and BDF and PCF fonts for the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane.  There
is also a specialized PSF font for using GNU APL in console mode on
GNU/Linux systems.

The web page for this project is https://savannah.gnu.org/projects/unifont/.

You can download the latest version from GNU mirror sites, accessible at:


or if that fails,


or, as a last resort,


The public domain font Jiskan16 is a JIS X 0213-encoded BDF font
covering JIS planes 1 and 2.  It is available on many distros.  In
Unifont, its kanji glyphs have been mapped to code points in Unicode
planes 0 and 2 (the only Unicode Plane 2 glyphs to appear in a Unifont
release) to provide complete coverage of JIS X 0213 in a free Unicode
font, except for JIS katakana glyphs that do not have a one-to-one
mapping to Unicode.  More information about this mapping is at

In addition to the Unifont package's new glyphs, the unibmp2hex.c
program has been modified to handle a bitmap glyph image that was
saved in RGB color space after editing, converting it back to
monochrome for conversion.

Full details are in the ChangeLog file.


Paul Hardy
GNU Unifont Maintainer

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