H-1957 Sans

H-1957 Sans is a fork of the Nimbus Sans L fonts that have been expanded to include all necessary glyphs for displaying romanized IAST Sanskrit, Pali, and Chinese Pinyin. H-1957 Sans is the main font used on this website for web pages and PDF content.

Nimbus Sans L is a take on the classic 1957 san-serif typeface Helvetica, as packaged by German type foundry URW++. Several faces of Nimbus Sans L were donated by URW++ to the GhostScript project, which aims at a free implementation of the PostScript standard. Although Nimbus San L was issued by URW++, the fonts were sourced from Adobe. As a result, Nimbus Sans L and H-1957 Sans basically look the same as the standard Helvetica produced by Adobe and Linotype.

Character samples

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

0123456789

Ā Ē Ī Ō Ū Ǖ ā ē ī ō ū ǖ

Á É Í Ó Ú Ǘ á é í ó ú ǘ

Ǎ Ě Ǐ Ǒ Ǔ Ǚ ǎ ě ǐ ǒ ǔ ǚ

À È Ì Ò Ù Ǜ à è ì ò ù ǜ

Ā Ḍ Ḥ Ī Ḷ Ḹ Ṁ Ṃ Ṅ Ñ Ṇ Ṛ Ṝ Ś Ṣ Ṭ Ū

ā ḍ ḥ ī ḷ ḹ ṁ ṃ ṅ ñ ṇ ṛ ṝ ś ṣ ṭ ū

Faces

At one time, the Buddha was in Rājagṛha on the mountain of Gṛdhrakūṭa, along with a great assembly of bhikṣus. (Regular)

Thus have I heard. At one time, the Buddha was in Rājagṛha on the mountain of Gṛdhrakūṭa, along with a great assembly of bhikṣus. (Italic)

Thus have I heard. At one time, the Buddha was in Rājagṛha on the mountain of Gṛdhrakūṭa, along with a great assembly of bhikṣus. (Bold)

Thus have I heard. At one time, the Buddha was in Rājagṛha on the mountain of Gṛdhrakūṭa, along with a great assembly of bhikṣus. (Bold Italic)

Large sample

Rājagṛha

Sanskrit

tārakā timiraṁ dīpo māyāvaśyāya budbudam |
svapnaṁ ca vidyudabhraṁ ca evaṁ draṣṭavya saṁskṛtam ||
tathā prakāśayet, tenocyate saṁprakāśayediti ||

Formats

The fonts are available in a variety of file formats including SFD, TTF, WOFF, and WOFF2. The fonts are available with the full character repertoire, or as minimized fonts with unnecessary glyphs removed.

License

Like the original core GhostScript fonts, H-1957 Sans is released under the GNU AGPLv3 with a special font exception. This means that it is free and open-source software that can be freely copied, modified, used, and embedded into PDF and PostScript files.

Download and links

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