LaserIPA® in Unicode
Now get LaserIPA fonts in a Unicode-encoded version!
LaserIPA® in Unicode™ for Windows® or Macintosh® provides a professional-quality International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) Unicode font in TrueType® OpenType® format, in plain and bold weights. The IPA LS Uni font includes not only the standard Unicode "IPA Extensions" characters, but also the "Spacing Modifiers" and "Combining Diacritics" sections of the Unicode Standard. The font also includes many letters and symbols that were once part of the IPA but are now obsolete, and some letters and symbols that were used as IPA letters and symbols but have never been officially adopted into the IPA. The font also includes the Latin 1 and Extended Latin character sets providing English and other western languages such as French and German. LaserIPA in Unicode includes keyboard layouts that provide four characters per key (instead of the normal two) for easy, intuitive input of the IPA symbols and diacritics, and of English and other western Latin-based languages supported by the font. The keyboard layouts take advantage of the OpenType layout features built into the font for the most logical, intuitive input possible. Input order is letter, accent, accent. The letter with its associated diacritics is placed in your document automatically as you type, with all diacritics perfectly positioned.
Languages covered by LaserIPA in Unicode:
- plus additional languages covered by code page 1252
LaserIPA in Unicode for Windows
LaserIPA® in Unicode™ for Windows® includes a keyboard layout that provides four characters per key (instead of the normal two) for easy, intuitive input of the IPA symbols and diacritics using Microsoft Word 2010, Word 2007, Word 2003, or OpenOffice.org 3.0 in Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 SP3. It also includes a keyboard layout for typing English and other western Latin-based languages supported by the font. The keyboard layouts take advantage of the OpenType layout features built into the fonts for the most logical, intuitive input possible. Input order is letter, accent, accent. The letter with its associated diacritics is placed in your document automatically as you type, with all diacritics perfectly positioned.
Windows System Requirements:
- Operating Systems
- Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2000 Service Pack 3 or later is required.
- This product will not work in any earlier version of Windows (NT/Me/98/95/3.x).
- Microsoft Word 2013, 2010, Word 2007, Word 2003, or OpenOffice.org 3.0 is required. Other components of Office 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2003 are also compatible, except PowerPoint 2003 is not compatible. OpenOffice.org can be downloaded free from www.openoffice.org.
- No earlier version of Word (2002/2000/97/95/6) is compatible. WordPerfect is not compatible.
- InDesign, QuarkXPress, and PageMaker are not compatible.
- These fonts include OpenType tables for proper positioning of characters and diacritics. Some applications will support certain OpenType layout features, but may not necessarily support the features required to type the International Phonetic Alphabet. Only the above mentioned applications are known to support these fonts and keyboards. If you discover any other applications that do fully support LaserIPA in Unicode please let us know.
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 (included in Microsoft Office 2003) is not compatible with LaserIPA in Unicode for Windows. All text is changed to the Arial font, whether typed with the keyboard, input using Insert Symbol, or pasted from Word using the Windows clipboard. PowerPoint users should type their text in Word or another Unicode-compatible application, and save the text as a graphic for import into PowerPoint. Users can also use WordArt to create their text. To do this in PowerPoint go to Insert, Picture, WordArt, and type your text, formatting it as desired. Alternatively, users can type directly into PowerPoint using our non-Unicode LaserIPA fonts. (Earlier versions of PowerPoint have not been tested for compatibility.)
- The font will print to any Windows printer at the highest quality allowed by your printer.
- All documentation, including a User's Manual and Keyboard Layout Charts (showing placement of the characters on the keys), is in Adobe Acrobat™ PDF format, and is installed into the Windows Start menu for easy access. Users may view the documentation on screen or print it, using Acrobat Reader, available free online if you do not already have it.
LaserIPA in Unicode for Macintoxh
LaserIPA in Unicode for Macintosh includes two software keyboard layouts for use in Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. One has the IPA characters on the regular keyboard with the English US keyboard available by pressing the caps lock key. The other keyboard has the English US keyboard as the regular keyboard with the IPA keyboard available by pressing the caps lock key. With either keyboard typing order is letter, accent, accent. The letter with its associated accents is built up automatically as you type, with all accents perfectly positioned.
Macintosh System Requirements:
- Operating Systems
- Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
- Requires Mellel (also available from Linguist's Software), or InDesign CS5.
- Microsoft Word is Unicode-compliant, but does not support the OpenType features of the IPA LS Uni font. If you use only single, non-accented IPA letters from the IPA LS Uni font you can work in Word. If your project includes overstriking diacritics from the IPA LS Uni font you must use Mellel or InDesign CS5 to correctly display and print the text. These diacritics will not position correctly in Word.
- Even applications that claim to be Unicode and OpenType compliant (e.g., QuarkXPress 7.0 and newer) may only support a limited range of Unicode characters or a limited set of OpenType features. Contact Linguist's Software about compatibility questions and about the availability of a non-Unicode version of this product that works in all applications.
- All documentation, including a User's Manual and Keyboard Layout Charts (showing placement of the characters on the keys) is in Adobe® Acrobat™ PDF format. Users may view the documentation on screen or print it, using Acrobat Reader, available free online if you do not already have it.
- These fonts are compatible with the Windows version of LaserIPA in Unicode. No conversion of files is necessary when transferring files to Windows if your applications are fully Unicode-aware and LaserIPA in Unicode fonts are installed on both systems.
Characters in the IPA Extensions section of the Unicode Standard
Characters in the Spacing Modifiers section of the Unicode Standard
Characters in the Combining Diacritical Marks section of the Unicode Standard
On our keyboard charts (for Windows or Macintosh) these diacritics are shown with a dotted circle, showing their relationship to the base character. You simply type the base character then the diacritics you wish to add.
Additional Special and Custom Characters
Typing Diacritical Marks
It is easy to add diacritical marks. Just type the base letter followed by the diacritics. For example:
With some combinations it is possible to add up to five diacritical marks to a base letter:
It is easy to produce many features, such as continuous overlines and underlines:
For a non-Unicode version of this font see LaserIPA.LaserIPA
To convert Word documents typed with the non-Unicode LaserIPA fonts, see the LaserIPA Converter.LaserIPA Converter
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Jean Lathion, Thônex, Switzerland
"I really do appreciate the opportunity to use your fonts in Reading the Sealed Book. The text looks great."
J. Ross Wagner, Associate Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School
"Thank you for your beautiful fonts."
Jean Lathion, Thônex, Switzerland
"I am enjoying my new products very much. The IPALSU font is really impressive. The new IPA LS Uni keyboard layout is very nice, because I can hit the caps-lock key to go back and forth between a standard English QWERTY keyboard layout and the IPS LS Uni keyboard layout. That one key stroke saves me a lot of time. The keyboard layout for the IPA is also already saving me a lot of time in typing diacritical marks, because I do not have to open and close the Character Palette on my Macintosh like I have been doing. Also I now have new characters and new glyphs I can work with. See the attached document as an example of what I have learned already. I sent a copy of that document to my friend Don Potter to show him what could be done with the Laser IPA Unicode font with the Mellel word processor. After he looked at it, then he responded back to me with a four word e-mail, 'WOW! I am speechless.' The Mellel word processor is also very good, I am still learning what it can do. It does things I can't do in Nisus Writer Pro 1.3."
Earl Eugene Roth, Jr., Phoenix, AZ