Prepared by Michael Barnes and Eric Armstrong
It seems that every six months or so, a call comes across VASTAVOX for help installing phonetic fonts for either a Windows or Mac based computer. We have created a downloadable package for each group to make things simpler.
[Macintosh users click here]
Michael J. Barnes, who often responds to the font questions
on VASTAVOX, has formulated a package for Windows users that includes
all you need to get started with fonts for phonetics. As Michael says,
"I've tried to explain how to set things up in the easiest way
for using the IPA fonts. I explain every single step so that anyone
from a "computer-shy" person to an advanced computer user
The Charis SIL IPA font is a new unicode version of the font that allows you to do everything in one font and not switch back and forth between two fonts when distinguishing between orthographics and transcription. In addition, the same font is usable on Mac and Windows computers so that files may be shared. You must, however, have Word 2003 or Word 2007 (or another unicode compliant Word Processor like Open Office) to use this font (WordPerfect has no applicable versions).
A New free alternative has come out to access all the IPA glyphs in Windows. You no longer need a third party keyboard manager. The sequences are similar to the Keyman sequences (mostly reversed). This installs a keyboard into the International functions of Windows so that it is just as if you were switching languages. The odd thing is that the IPA keyboard shows up as an Icelandic keyboard. (I guess this means any Icelandic members would be out of luck with this).
This zip file includes
Download the windows version now <CharisIPAFont-WindowsKeyboard.zip> (updated 7/2010)
If you started with Keyman and would like to cintinue using it to access all the glyphs, then use the following.
This Zip file includes:
Download the windows version now <CharisIPAFont.zip> (updated 12/2007)
If you have a non-unicode compliant word processor, you can still download the original version of the SIL IPA Font Program, which contains similar information for other Windows word processors.
Eric Armstrong, who is a Mac devotee, has created the following .zip file for you to install the necessary Charis IPA fonts, and the keyboard layout for the font as well. Everything needed to install the fonts and get them working in your word processor is included.
In the zip archive you should find the following files:
Download the Mac Version Now (updated December 14, 2007)
If you have an older, non-Unicode compliant word processor, you can download the original IPA fonts from SIL here:
To install the fonts in OS X once you've downloaded them:
Please note that these aren't the only IPA fonts available for the mac - there are many others, though the good ones aren't free! If you are willing to pay for a font, try out LaserIPA from Linguists Software, which is the IPA font used by the Voice and Speech Review.