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A comprehensive list of font development tools developed and used by SIL. These include a script for building composite glyphs in FontLab (FLGlyphBuilder), the command line version of TypeTuner, and other tools.
The FontUtils package provides a plethora of command line tools for manipulating TrueType fonts. These tools are essential to NRSI's font development processes. For Windows users, a binary installer is available.
Graphite is a package that can be used to create "smart fonts" capable of displaying writing systems with most complex behaviors.
The SIL Open Font License (OFL) is a free and open source license specifically designed for fonts and related software.
SIL ViewGlyph is a font viewing program for Windows which allows you to see a font's contents through the eyes of a different application or operating system.
SIL TypeTuner allows users to easily modify certain SIL fonts so that variant glyphs or smart-font behaviours (together called font features) become active, creating tuned fonts with feature settings based on the needs of specific users.
Intended for debugging, this font contains a glyph for every character in the Basic Multilingual plane (including Private Use Area) of Unicode 6.1, each glyph consisting of a box enclosing the four hex digits identifying the Unicode scalar value.