Marchen v2

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My second attempt at a font for the Marchen script, a Brahmic script used in the Tibetan Bon tradition to write the extinct Zhang-zhung language. It can also be used to write Tibetan. It supposedly originated in the Zhang-zhung kingdom prior to the introduction of Tibetan Buddhism in the 7th century, but no texts from that time using the script are known.

Marchen was added to the Unicode standard in version 9 released in June 2016. This font uses an ad-hoc ASCII mapping though. It doesn't handle stacked consonants which makes it rather useless. :P

This design uses the same rounded corners and serifs as my 'Phags-pa and Zanabazar Square fonts. The letters come in three widths. Combined with the medial 'y' there's a total of four widths that the vowel diacritics need to accommodate, which is a manageable number.

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The text sample starts with the sentence "May You Enjoy Prosperity" in Tibetan, the same I used for my 'Phags-pa font. The rest is just a list of all the letters, ending with the four vowel diacritics.

Comment by Arakun 2nd october 2016

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