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. Licenses for these fonts are described here. Click the names below to download the ones you want, or click this button to download all of the text fonts:
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.
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).
Kraljevo (pronounced Krālyevo) is a kerned variant of Dushan: adjacent letters are moved half a cell closer, so there's less whitespace within a word. Because of that, Kraljevo doesn't use a dot between words.
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. Like Kraljevo, Taunus is kerned and doesn't use the dot.
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.
Tharbis (pronounced Tʰarbis) is an Abugida font for Afroasiatic languages: the vowels are smaller and appear above or below the line of consonants.
Njoya is a Syllabary font for Niger-Congo languages. Each glyph represents an entire syllable: consonant, vowel, tone and nasality.
Ramanujan is an Akshara font for South Asian languages. Vowels are written below the preceding consonant.
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.
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.
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: Taunus, Kraljevo, Hentrax.)
Once you have installed a Musa font, you can test it on the Font Test page.
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:
The Roman Musa Trans font respells Musa letters in a general Roman alphabet.
The Numeric Musa Trans font respells Musa numbers in Western numerals.
The Subtitle Musa Ruby font shows Roman letters underneath Musa Alphabet gait:
The Tomokana Musa Ruby font shows hiragana above Musa Kana gait:
The Pygmalion Musa Diacritic font offers Musa vowel diacritics ("vocritics") that fit above Roman vowels.
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.
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).
Eminem is a Markup font: it enables you to see Musa Markup as symbols embedded in the text.
Tartaglia is a Formula font: it enables you to decorate the 1D spelling of a mathematical formula with lines above and below that connect matching brackets - the 2D form - thus making it much easier to read.
There are several different ways to enter Musa text on your computer:
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