This is the project for the standardization of Coptic Fonts so as to create a unified Character Code. In other words to construct a unified system for placement of letters, djinkims, abbreviations, overlines, underlines, punctuation marks etc. on the keyboard.
The main problem rose from the lack of a unified keyboard mapping due to different goals on making keyboard mappings, some had the intention of using it in ecclesiastical purposes, others to write manuscripts, others to scan manuscripts.
Moving a document from a font to another font requires enormous effort in working with macros etc.
Incapability of reading and destruction of documents sometimes is inevitable.
A typist has to learn a new keystroke system with every new font he installs. No professional typists in the field.
To preserve a document one has to make it a picture file (*.jpeg) which is impractical for production scale and handling.
Lack of distribution of Coptic software, and fonts render thinking about Coptic as a PC hostile font.
Problems developing advanced applications using such technologies such as XML, saving text to databases.
Lack of communication among font makers, and lack of observation of each font. Lack of unity results in more separation, leading to disastrous font development.
After many months of labor, a Standard has been decided on and a sample Coptic Font has been produced. Using the Coptic Standard Font Standard arrangement, one can type all Coptic Letters(including letters in Achmimic Dialect) in almost a totally pronunciation based system that facilitates both typing & education. Also, all types of djinkims Bohairic, Sahidic, Achmimmic could be written. Arabic numerals, simple mathematical marks & modern punctuations are present. Ecclesiastical common abbreviations are present on Alt keys.
Downloads and Extras:
The CS Coptic Fonts are freely available for download. You are also free to share these fonts with anyone provided you distribute the package as a whole and not just the fonts.
Files in download package:
7 CS Coptic Fonts using same keyboard layout [ preview of fonts included].
Microsoft Word Templates for typing in Coptic [ screenshot].
PDF file explaining in detail the CS Font Project includes justification for key placement, help for new font creators.