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The BAYBAYING SUKAT typeface is a stylized font family based on the Tagalog Baybayin script and was designed for modern use while respectfully staying faithful to its traditional roots. It makes use of the widely accepted B17+ characters (the original 17 base characters, with vowel notation and vowel suppression), along with stylized variants of some consonant and vowel characters for greater flexibility. The stylizations were carefully designed to be subtle enough to remain readable to traditional readers, while allowing for more precise transliteration for modern writers.
The Baybaying Sukat typeface is so named because all characters have been designed with the same uniform dimensions, giving it a “well-measured” look, or in Tagalog, “sukat”. It is also a homage to Barangay Sucat, where the designer grew up.
The Baybaying Sukat typeface supports the Baybayin block of the Tagalog Official Unicode Consortium Code Chart of the Unicode Standard, Version 15. This means the fonts can be used with a Baybayin keyboard.
BAYBAYIN, a Tagalog word that literally means “to spell”, is a native 13th century writing script of the Tagalog-speaking regions of the Philippines. Originally carved into bamboo bark and palm leaves with pointed tools, the writing system is an “abugida” or syllabary script in which consonants are used as the base character, and vowels are added through notation around it. These consonant-vowel units create syllables, like its parent Brahmic or Indic scripts in Southeast Asia.
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After downloading, unzip the folder, double-click one of the respective fonts, and click 'Install'.
If you are a beginner in Baybayin, it is recommended to install BaybayingSukatBaguhan-Regular.OTF.
If you are experienced in Baybayin, it is recommended to install BaybayingSukatBihasa-Regular.OTF.
BAYBAYING SUKAT is a typeface/font like Arial or Times New Roman. There is currently no "official typeface/font" for Baybayin; the same way there is no "official typeface" for the Latin alphabet. The designer envisioned it to be like 'the Calibri of Baybayin'; a typeface/font that is sleek, formal, modern, and simple.
BAYBAYING SUKAT is designed based on the character set found in the 'Doctrina Christiana', the first book published in the Philippines in 1593, commonly referred to as 'B17+', which consists of the 17 traditional characters of the Tagalog Baybayin, along with the 'krus-kudlit' vowel suppressor otherwise known as the 'Lopez virama'. The typeface/font also includes accented characters to help with more precise spelling for modern writers, but these are designed to still be recognizable and readable by traditional readers at the same time, who might not even notice the subtle differences.
The BAYBAYING SUKAT typeface comes in two fonts: BAGUHAN and BIHASA.
BAGUHAN supports a feature called 'ligatures' which allows some applications to recognize character pairings and automatically 'joins' them. It is intended for use by beginners who aren't used to spelling in Baybayin.
BIHASA is for use in applications that don't support ligatures and requires some familiarity with how to type in Baybayin using a standard QWERTY keyboard.
If you have installed BAGUHAN and vowel characters aren't automatically being converted into vowel notation, check to see if the application you are using supports advanced typography features like ligatures. If it doesn't support ligatures, you might need to use a different application or learn to use BIHASA instead.
OTF stands for OpenType Font and TTF stands for TrueType Font. If you are not sure which to use, it is recommended to install the OTF. The TTF was made available for users who know what to do with it.
Installing both OTF and TTF at the same time could cause errors.
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