International phonetic alphabet fonts.

Ed Greshko Ed.Greshko at
Fri Dec 13 02:30:46 UTC 2013

On 12/13/13 09:42, Rolf Turner wrote:
> I apologise for the lack of articulateness in this question; I am
> floundering a bit.  Basically --- how can I obtain a font which will
> render the symbols of the international phonetic alphabet?
> I tried "yum list font" just now (prompted by another posting on this
> mailing-list) and got a catalogue of about a brazillion fonts, but none
> that seemed to be related to the international phonetic alphabet.
> Searching through this catalogue for "international" or "phonetic"
> turned up nothing. Searching for "IPA" turned up:
>> ipa-ex-gothic-fonts.noarch : Japanese Gothic-typeface OpenType font by IPA
>> ipa-pmincho-fonts.noarch : Japanese Proportional Mincho-typeface OpenType font
>>                          : by IPA
> which seem to pertain to Japanese rather than to the international phonetic
> alphabet, so I don't *think* that these are anything to do with what I want.
> A client for whom I am consulting in respect of statistical analysis of some
> linguistic data tells me:
>> The IPA font I used is called Ipa-samd Uclphonl SILDoulosL. I think it
>> is one of the common available options in Microsoft, the other ones are
>> Ipa-samm Uclphonl SILManuscript and Ipa-sams Uclphonl SILSophiaL.
> But this is Micr$oft rubbish.  Is there any way I get an international phonetic
> alphabet font for Fedora so that I can see my client's data on my machine?
> BTW, I am (still) running Fedora 17.  Have not had the courage to upgrade to 18
> or 19.  My system is running very satisfactorily (except for the font problem that
> I am having) and I strongly adhere to the principle "If it ain't broke don't fix it."

Well, looking at this page would suggest several fonts that display the characters.

I used the KDE utility kcharselect to find the characters reference in the web page.  I found that many fonts will display them just fine.  One that didn't was Symbol Neu.

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