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PHNX-UKL / Fonts


To be able to display the Unicode characters or glyphs outside of the ASCII range, you will need an appropriate Unicode font installed in your system.


Palæo-Hebrew script * English: John * Translation: Yahuah is gracious * Transliteration: Yokanan / Yahukanan / Yochanan / Yohanan * Modern Hebrew * with diacritical marks: יוֹחָנָן * without diacritical marks: יוחנן * Paleo-Hebrew: 𐤉𐤅𐤇𐤍𐤍

To see the Phoenician/Palæo-Hebrew scripts above, you will need a Unicode compliant font. I cannot stress that enough, the font must have support for Unicode and below I listed some that you can install now.

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  • Embed
    • Embedding of the font in a document (a setting usually found when saving PDF and Word files)
    • When viewed, the actual fonts used will be displayed even if the machine doesn't have the font
  • Web font (CSS @font-face use)
    • web font is not "embedding"
    • web font is "linking" so the browser can "download" it in its cache
    • because of the above, web font falls under "distribution"
  • License: governing license of the font
    • Creative Commons
      • personal use: yes
      • embed: yes
        • Share-Alike (SA): not sure if your content will become SA too
        • if Non-Commercial (NC): you cannot sell your document or bundle it and sell that bundle
        • if No-Derivative (ND): you cannot embed your font even if only slightly modified; you can embed the original only "as-is"
      • web font: yes
        • if Share-Alike (SA): not sure if your code and/or content will become SA too
        • if Non-Commercial (NC): you cannot use it on a site that earns anything
        • if No-Derivative (ND): you can only use the original "as-is" without any modification, not even a tiny one
    • SIL Open Font License (OFL)
      • personal use: yes
      • embed: yes
      • web font: as long as it remains "as-is"
    • GPL+FE: GNU Public License with Font Exception
      • personal use: yes
      • embed: yes
      • web font: yes; but check for other requirements even for slightest modification of the font
      • see en:wikipedia
    • GPL (without Font Exception): GNU Public License
      • personal use: yes
      • embed: no; do not embed these fonts in your documents, as it will become GPL as well
      • web font: not clear
      • ask the Font Foundry/Designer to re-release it with Font Exception (i.e. GPL+FE)
    • All Rights Reserved
      • personal use: yes
      • embed: no
      • web font: no
      • contact the Font Foundry/Designer for written permission
  • Foundry: designer of the font

Palæo-Hebrew / Phoenician fonts

  • Unicode range: U+10900…U+1091F
  • Unicode name: Phoenician
  • Also known as: Palæo-Hebrew/Paleo-Hebrew/Middle Hebrew
  • Keyboard layout: PHNX-UKL
Font name Sample Download License Foundry
Proto Canaanite PrCan Culmus Project GPL+FE Culmus Project - Yoram Gnat
Hebrew Paleo Gezer HePGz Culmus Project GPL+FE Culmus Project - Yoram Gnat
Noto Sans Phoenician NSPHN Google Noto Fonts Apache 2.0 Google, Inc.
  • Proto Canaanite is an Ancient Hebrew script, a parent of Paleo-Hebrew / Phoenician script family.
  • It may have its own Unicode block in the future, until then, I personally think it's fine to display this using the Phoenician Unicode block or even the modern Hebrew Unicode block.