Try Shwa


The quickest way to learn enough Shwa to write English is to take the Lessons:



So far, there are four Shwa fonts available, all OpenType. The first three are fonts for Alphabet gait; the third font implements the ligatures on the Suffixes page. The fourth is a font for Syllabary gait with all the kana needed for Japanese. Click to download

Dushan Shwa Alphabet    

Taunus Shwa Alphabet    

Taunus Shwa Ligature    

Dushan Shwa Kana    

You may freely download and install these fonts for your own private use.

To display Shwa or ligatures correctly, you may have to enable them in your application - read the Help pages to find out how. In Microsoft Word®, you have to exit Compatibility mode before enabling ligatures.

Web Pages

To use Shwa on a web page:

  1. You will need to include a CSS @font-face style at the top of the page, or in a stylesheet. Here's an example:
    @font-face {font-family: 'Dushan Shwa Alphabet' ; src: url( format('opentype'); unicode-range: E000-E1FF;}
  2. You will need to include a CSS font-family style, like this one:
    * {font-family: YourFont, AnotherFont, 'Dushan Shwa Alphabet'; font-weight: normal;}
  3. You can then write Shwa letters as numeric HTML character entities. For example,  would be spelled
    . To make this easier, the Shwa editor can write character entities directly: use the &# key on the menu.
  4. If you want to show ligatures, you'll need to give the body the CSS style
    {font-variant-ligatures: discretionary-ligatures;}.


You can enter text using a Shwa keyboard on the Shwa Editor page, and insert that text using copy-and-paste into a word processor, your email or another program.

Shwa Editor

Shwa Keyboards

We are developing a Shwa keyboard app, actually an app that allows you to enter characters from many different scripts. It will be an app running on Android or iOS, which sends your characters to the keyboard buffer of your Windows PC or Mac. In other words, you will be able to use your phone as a wireless virtual keyboard for Shwa and other scripts. It's due in early 2016.

Meanwhile, if you would be interested in a hardware Shwa double keyboard, we are collecting names for a minimum order. The price would be about $200 or 200€ for a 48-key USB keyboard. Please email


And if you like Shwa, here's some other things you can do:

We're looking for collaborators, so if you'd like to join us, drop me a line!

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