This was originally posted on my blog, Notes from a Linguistic Mystic in 2007, but is kept updated here for the internet's use. At this point, it works for any version of Mac OS X up to 10.13 'High Sierra'. The last update was September 2017. Using IPA fonts with Mac OS X: The Comprehensive Guide As a linguist, you find yourself using the incredibly frequently.
To use the IPA keyboard which allows you to type, copy and paste IPA symbols please use the IPA Unicode Keyboard. The International Phonetic Association is the copyright owner of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the IPA chart.
Some of the characters are easy enough to use without any special work (ŋ, ə), as most fonts already include them. However, to get the more cool/obscure characters and diacritics, or to stack diacritics (placing, for instance, a tone marking above a nasal marking), you need special fonts, layouts and setup. In this post, I'm going to explain, as simply as possible, how to go about finding the files and setting this up, all without paying a dime for specialty software. Getting the fonts and layout The beauty of this method is that it uses software built into Mac OS X, and that you can use IPA fonts in any application that supports Unicode (translation: lots of them), not just specific programs. You also don't need to install a separate program to clutter up your computer, just a few free fonts and a keyboard layout. So, here's your freeware shopping list: Necessary files: • - The best free IPA font out there (in my opinion) because it has bold, italic, and all sorts of other characters outside of IPA. The download link is around halfway down the page, grab the file with '(Windows, Macintosh and Linux)' next to it.
Thanks to the Summer Institute of Linguistics, it's completely free! • - SIL has created a comprehensive and modern version with every key you can imagine and more at.
This layout is excellent as it allows you to type regularly, but by using 'deadkeys' (a key that you press before another which chooses the output), you can add any IPA key you'd like. Make sure you have the latest version (1.5, at time of update) installed, as some strange encoding issues were happening with newer OSes and version 1.4. Optional Extra IPA fonts: • - A differently styled IPA font from SIL, missing the bold and italic forms that Charis has. Install this at the same time you install the Charis SIL font below, using the same instructions.
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• - These are desperately outdated, but occasionally necessary when reading other people's old IPA. Install this at the same time you install the Charis SIL font below, using the same instructions. So, download save them to your desktop (or a location of your choosing), and then proceed to the next step.
Photoshop cs6 for mac free. Power User's Summary: Download the and the from the above links and save them someplace you can find them. Installing the font and keyboard layout Now, double-click the CharisSIL(version).zip file that you saved to your desktop. It'll unzip into a similarly named folder on your desktop.
Take the CharisSILfontdocumentation.pdf file and move it to a safe place, it's a handy guide to have around, and feel free to take a look at the readme and license files in the folder. It’s time to install the font and layout themselves: • If you're using OS X 10.7 'Lion' or later, Apple has hidden the /Users/yourname/Library (~/Library) folder from you by default. If you're on Mavericks or later (10.9+), go to your Home folder (/Users/yourname) and then to the 'View' menu, then 'Show View Options', then check 'Show Library Folder'.