Brill has taken the plan of designing a typeface. Named “the Brill”, the new typeface presents whole coverage of the Latin, Greek and Cyrillic scripts with the full series of diacritics and linguistics characters used to display any language from any period correctly.
There are over 5,100 characters in all.
This vital tool for scholars has become freely available for non-commercial use.
“The Brill” will be particularly welcomed by humanities scholars quoting from texts in any language, ancient or contemporary. John Hudson of Tiro Typeworks, well-known for his multilingual fonts, is the Brill’s designer.
“Technically, the Brill fonts have to be able to legibly show any combination of the supported characters that might be encountered in text and to be able to do so in typographically sophisticated ways.
The idea is that users will be able to fling pretty much any text at these fonts and get back a intelligible and aesthetically pleasing display,” said John Hudson, designer, Tiro Typeworks