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Font Installation

This page provides some information on installing fonts on your system, so that you can view text on Flutopedia written in multilingual characters, including Aboriginal languages, as well as using the NAFTracks finger diagram fonts.

Fonts You Might Need

Basic Multilingual Fonts

If your browser does not display the basic multilingual characters such as Δ, Й, ק, م, ŵ, þ, ๗, あ, 叶, 葉 and 냻 (see the Browser Capabilities page), it might be worth your time to download a free font that will let you see these characters. This will not only help you viewing this web site, but is useful in a lot of other situations.

Versions of Microsoft Office 2000 and later shipped with the Arial Unicode MS font, developed by Robin Nicholas, Patricia Saunders of Agfa Monotype. See the Microsoft Support page for Arial Unicode MS. Version 1.01 of this font has an extensive set of basic multilingual characters. However, the Arial Unicode MS Version 1.01 font is huge (arialuni.ttf is 23,275,812 bytes) because it contains all the characters in Arial plus full fonts for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, and Hebrew, plus all of the different symbol characters and character ranges.

To install Arial Unicode MS from a Microsoft Office Installation CD, insert the CD and select a custom install. Choose Add or Remove Features. Click the (+) next to Office Tools, then International Support, then the Universal Font icon, and choose the installation option you want.

Here are some resources for that offer free Unicode fonts to display characters from the Basic Multilingual plane:

And, as a fallback for all Unicode fonts, you might consider installing the Last Resort Font, a font that will display a fallback character that lets you tell what sort of character it is, and gives you a clue as to what type of font you would need to display the character correctly.

Aboriginal Language Fonts

If your browser does not display Aboriginal languages such as "Hiki iaʻu ke ʻai i ke aniani; ʻaʻole nō lā au e ʻeha" (Hawaiian for "I can eat glass and it doesn't hurt me") or "Tsésǫʼ yishą́ągo bííníshghah dóó doo shił neezgai da" (Navajo for the same phrase), or ᏎᏉᏯ (the name of the inventor written Cherokee), then it might be worth your time to download a free font that will let you see these characters.

Here are some resources that offer (mostly) free Unicode fonts to display Aboriginal languages:

Finger Diagram Fonts

Finally, if you would like to view (or are interested in typesetting) music that has been scored using the NAFTracks finger diagram fonts, you can download these fonts for free. The finger diagram fonts and images generally look like this: Finger diagram closed closed closed open open open for six hole flutes. There are also diagrams for five hole flutes Five hole finger diagram closed closed open open open and Anasazi-style five hole flutes Hopi five hole finger diagram closed closed closed open open and four hole flutes with an uneven spacing Uneven four hole finger diagram closed closed half-closed open and Papago-style three hole flutes Papago three hole finger diagram closed closed open as well as the Slovakian Fujara Fujara three hole finger diagram closed closed openFujara whoosh.


Even if you can see the finger diagrams above, you may not have these fonts installed, since this web site uses small images rather than the font characters when displaying finger diagrams.

If you would like to download these free fonts, visit the NAFTracks fonts web page.

Installing New Fonts

Here are some resources that will guide you through the specifics of installing downloaded fonts:

Viewing Fonts in Your Browser

Even after installing, for example, Chris Harvey's Aboriginal Sans Serif font that contains Cherokee character on your system, the Cherokee name ᏎᏉᏯ may not display properly (it may appear as blank boxes or question marks). In this case, you need to tell your browser to specifically use the font for Cherokee characters.

Internet Explorer

To configure Interenet Explorer to use fonts for a speicific language:

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to Tools > Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, click on the Fonts button.
  4. In the Fonts pop up window, beside Language script: there is a drop down box. Choose Cherokee and then select the Aboriginal Sans font for that language. If the box is empty, it means that your computer doesn’t have any fonts installed which can handle that language.
  5. Repeat the process for Canadian Syllabic.
  6. Click your browser's Refresh button to reload the page. You should now see the fonts for Cherokee and Canadian Syllabic languages.

Other Browsers

If you have a font loaded that can display the language's characters, most current browsers other than Internet Explorer will display the correct characters automatically.

If you see empty boxes for those character, it usually means that your computer is lacking a Unicode font which contains the characters needed for your language. However, you may have to experiment with your browser’s font settings to fine tune how certain languages look on-screen.

Each browser has a Fonts section of their Preferences or Options menu. In your browser’s preferences, be on the look-out for Content, Appearance or Fonts tabs. Then look for Advanced or International buttons, or drop down menus for different language scripts.

Technical Details

Flutopedia uses the Unicode standard, a comprehensive system that represents most of the world's writing systems, past and present. All text on this web site uses Unicode characters, encoded in UTF-8.

This web site does not use the NAFTracks Finger Diagram Fonts directly (since it is not a Unicode font), but uses small images to display finger diagrams.

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