[dm-l] A new typeface that might be of interest to medievalists, or "Heb je mijn Brill gezien?"

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Fri Feb 3 14:06:56 MST 2012

Strictly speaking, I said they'd opened access rather than that it was 
"open access" (I hadn't actually looked up the licence). I suppose it 
would have been best to just say "seem to have made free." ;)

I also didn't mean at all that there weren't superb fonts already out 
there, including of course Junicode. Michael Everson has a reference 
font that, actually comes closer to doing what Brill claims to do (in a 
different email I received), allow you to present texts in any language.

But I still think it is worth knowing about. And I /really/ wanted to 
get that Dutch pun in.


On 12-02-03 01:59 PM, Peter Baker wrote:
> I saw this mentioned on another list and have had a quick look. It looks
> very good. But I'd question whether Brill has "opened access." It's
> offered for private use only: the website doesn't say, but I suspect
> that if you want to use it in a publication you'll have to pay. There
> are several very good fonts for medievalists (besides Junicode, which I
> keep going on about); you can find them listed at the Medieval Unicode
> Font Initiative website (http://mufi.info). I'll also mention, for
> people who have a budget to spend on a font, Andron Mega
> (http://www.signographie.de/cms/front_content.php?idcat=145). The design
> is brilliant, and it covers everything medievalists want.
> Peter Baker
> On 2/3/12 3:30 PM, Daniel O'Donnell wrote:
>> A librarian here just passed on a note to me that Brill have opened
>> access to their new typeface. It is supposedly full of IPA and
>> diacritics as well as Greek and Cyrillic.
>> We all know the type of thing Brill publish, so one might expect it to
>> be grundlich, even if I haven't seen it yet myself.
>> http://www.brill.nl/news/brill-typeface
>>> “The Brill” Typeface Publishing News - Publishing News Date: 2011,
>>> August 19
>>> After careful consideration, Brill has taken the initiative of
>>> designing a typeface. Named “the Brill”, it presents complete
>>> coverage of the Latin script with the full range of diacritics and
>>> linguistics (IPA) characters used to display any language from any
>>> period correctly, and Greek and Cyrillic are also covered. There are
>>> over 5,100 characters in all. This indispensable tool for scholars
>>> will become freely available later this year for non-commercial use.
>>> You will be able to download the font package after agreeing to the
>>> End User License Agreement. “The Brill” is available in roman,
>>> italic, bold, and bold italic, with all necessary punctuation marks
>>> and a wide assortment of symbols. It will be especially welcomed by
>>> humanities scholars quoting from texts in any language, ancient or
>>> modern. “The Brill” complies with all international standards,
>>> including Unicode. John Hudson of Tiro Typeworks, well-known for his
>>> multilingual fonts, is the Brill’s designer.
>> -dan
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