Font Downloads

To start using Musa, you'll need a font to display it, and a keyboard to enter text.

So far, Musa has 33 fonts in 9 font families available - click the names below to download the ones you want. Licenses for these fonts are described here.

The first word of the font name is just a name, like 'Arial' or 'Helvetica'. Fonts that share their name belong to the same font family. The second word is always 'Musa', to show that this font offers coverage of the Musa letters (codepoints E000-E2FF). The remaining words are the gait (click here for a list of gaits), and finally the style (regular or bold and/or italic. All the fonts are in the OpenType format (OTF files), so they're compatible with all computers and phones.

Dushan

The Dushan font family is the Helvetica of the Musa world. It's a solid monospace body font for Alphabet gait that's easy to read, looks good at any size, and doesn't require any Advanced Typography features. It includes basic ASCII the same size, so you can mix them in a monospace environment (like a text editor).

Dushan Musa Alphabet   

Dushan Musa Alphabet Bold   

Dushan Musa Alphabet Italic   

Dushan Musa Alphabet Bold Italic   


Kraljevo

Kraljevo (pronounced Krālyevo) is a kerned variant of Dushan: the letters are variable width, so there's less whitespace within a word.

Kraljevo Musa Alphabet   

Kraljevo Musa Alphabet Bold   

Kraljevo Musa Alphabet Italic   

Kraljevo Musa Alphabet Bold Italic   


Taunus

Taunus is a Ligature font, so many suffixes will be written attached to the consonant they modify. That's especially useful in languages with large inventories of suffixed consonants: Russian with soft consonants, Irish with slender consonants, Arabic with emphatic consonants, Hausa with both labialized and palatalized consonants, and many others.

Taunus Musa Ligature   

Taunus Musa Ligature Bold   

Taunus Musa Ligature Italic   

Taunus Musa Ligature Bold Italic   


Yousuf

Yousuf is also a Ligature font, but primarily a title font: for titles, headers, notices, and so forth. The letters are more decorative, with pointier points and curvier curves.

Yousuf Musa Ligature   

Yousuf Musa Ligature Bold   

Yousuf Musa Ligature Italic   

Yousuf Musa Ligature Bold Italic   


Tharbis

Tharbis (pronounced Tʰarbis) is an Abugida font for Afroasiatic languages: the vowels are smaller and appear above or below the line of consonants.

Tharbis Musa Abugida   

Tharbis Musa Abugida Bold   

Tharbis Musa Abugida Italic   

Tharbis Musa Abugida Bold Italic   


Njoya

Njoya is a Syllabary font for Niger-Congo languages. Each glyph represents an entire syllable: consonant, vowel, tone and nasality.

Njoya Musa Syllabary   

Njoya Musa Syllabary Bold   

Njoya Musa Syllabary Italic   

Njoya Musa Syllabary Bold Italic   


Ramanujan

Ramanujan is an Akshara font for South Asian languages. Vowels are written below the preceding consonant.

Ramanujan Musa Akshara   

Ramanujan Musa Akshara Bold   

Ramanujan Musa Akshara Italic   

Ramanujan Musa Akshara Bold Italic   


Zhou

Zhou is a Fangzi or character font, for languages that are written with syllables grouped into a single block. The current revision supports at least the following languages: (Standard) Chinese, Cantonese, Taishanese, Fukienese, Shanghaiese, Vietnamese, and Thai.

Zhou Musa Fangzi   

Zhou Musa Fangzi Bold   

Zhou Musa Fangzi Italic   

Zhou Musa Fangzi Bold Italic   


Yasuhiro

The Yasuhiro font family is for Kana gait, for Japanese, Ainu, and Okinawan. Each letter represents a consonant + vowel pair, possibly with a medial y or w. The last vowel before a pitch downstep is written high.

Yasuhiro Musa Kana   

Yasuhiro Musa Kana Bold   

Yasuhiro Musa Kana Italic   

Yasuhiro Musa Kana Bold Italic   


To display kerning, ligatures, kana or characters correctly, you may have to enable them in your application - read the Help pages to find out how. (Many fonts no longer display in Microsoft Word® for Windows any more, as of one of the 2020 updates. It's not just Musa fonts that have a problem, so it's not a Musa problem. Some Musa fonts display correctly: Dushan, Kraljevo, Hentrax.)

Once you have installed a Musa font, you can test it on the Font Test page.

Adjuvant Fonts

There are also fonts we use for teaching Musa, to help learners parse Musa. There are several different types:

The IPA Musa Trans font shows the IPA spelling of the sounds of Musa letters:

IPA Musa Trans   IPA

The Roman Musa Trans font respells Musa letters in a general Roman alphabet.

Roman Musa Trans   


The Numeric Musa Trans font respells Musa numbers in Western numerals.

Numeric Musa Trans   


The Subtitle Musa Ruby font shows Roman letters underneath Musa Alphabet gait:

Subtitle Musa Ruby   


The Tomokana Musa Ruby font shows hiragana above Musa Kana gait:

Tomokana Musa Ruby   


The Pygmalion Musa Diacritic font offers Musa vowel diacritics ("vocritics") that fit above Roman vowels.

Pygmalion Musa Diacritic   Pygmalıon Musa Dıacrıtıc


The Surshery Musa Diacritic font includes Musa vowels and consonants, and in addition a Roman base font. The vocritics are higher, raising the line height.

Surshery Musa Diacritic   Surshery Musa Diacritic

Hentrax

Hentrax (because it looks like hen tracks!) is an Element font: it breaks down each letter into its constituent shapes. The shapes are designed to be easy to distinguish, with sharper angles and smoother curves, and obvious orientation. Hentrax is intended for use by blind people (as raised text), by dyslexics, and for optical character recognition (OCR).

Hentrax Musa Element   



Keyboards

There are several different ways to enter Musa text on your computer:


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