Monday 4th October 2010

by Lionslayer


Myanmar Fonts which follow Unicode rules

Name Win Mac Linux License Link Credits
Myanmar3 yes no yes LGPL, CC3.0 Myanmar NLP
Masterpiece Uni Sans no yes yes GNU/Linux Tin Myo Htet, Ngwe Tun, Sun Tun
Parabaik yes no yes GNU/Linux, OFL Ngwe Tun, Solveware Solution
Padauk yes no yes OFL Martin Hosken, SIL
Thanlwin yes no yes OFL Keith Stribley, Thanlwinsoft
WinuniInnwa yes no yes Free/Copyrighted Win Myanmar
Xenotype no yes no Commercial/Copyrighted XenoTypeTech
MyMyanmar yes yes yes Free/Copyrighted MyMyanmar
Yunghkio yes no yes OFL Yunghkio Saiddzone

Myanmar Unicode Font Faces Comparism (30 px on actual image size)


Fontfamily – myanmar3

Version – 3.0 (As of 18 March 2008)(Latest update on 27 June 2010) #Note: Need to set a default version system

Note: Myanmar3 MultiOS (OSX, Windows and Linux) version is available here.

Win Innwa 5

Font family – win uni innwa

Version – 5.0

#Note: Nearly the same font face as Myanmar3 with bigger glyphs.

Masterpiece Uni Sans

Font family – masterpiece uni sans

Version – 0.5 Apr 2008 #Note: Need to set a default version system

Masterpiece Sample


Font family – parabaik/parabaiksans

Version – 0.9

Parabaik Sample


Font family – padauk

Version – 2.6.1

Known Issue – In a mixture of English and Myanmar texts in Firefox in Windows 7, English texts may lose kerning and combine together rendering unreadable. Update:11June2011# Padauk font English glyphs will have same bug on Firefox 4+ on any version of Windows.

Padauk Sample


Font family – thanlwin

Version – 0.0001

Thanlwin Sample


Font family – xenotype mm new mandalei/xenotype mm new nyaungshwe

Version – 2.000

Known Issue – Rendering bugs on some character stacks and vowel “u”.

Xenotype Sample


Font family – mymyanmar

Version – 9.005

Known Issue – Rendering bugs on some character stacks. Same rendering issue on English and Myanmar texts mixture as Padauk. Rendering issues on some character stacks, Ha-htoe+Wa-swe and vowel “u” on OSX.

MyMyanmar Sample


Font Family – Yunghkio

Version – 1.000 (2010)

Known Issue – Rendering bug on ဍ္ဎ character stack.



Not Unicode

This table briefly explains why these fonts cannot be claimed to be following Unicode standard.

Zawgyi-One Ayar
Using Myanmar Unicode code points yes yes
Follow Unicode Chart code points no yes
Reserve space for ethnic characters no yes
Follow Unicode encoding no no
ISO Recognized no no
Licenses Free/Not clear MIT, CC3
Links…. Ayar Group

Note: License of Zawgyi Font

License of Zawgyi font is unclear. In, it was only expressed as “free”. According to one of Zawgyi team, they bought the glyphs from one of Arthouse’s fonts and Zawgyi team owns all rights of the font. Arthouse designer said in a Journal interview that they only sold the usage of the glyphs and not all rights and Arthouse still owns the font. Apparently, MyMyanmar group also bought usage of Zawgyi font and added a few variants of Zawgyi One and Two in it’s MyMyanmar package and declared MyMyanmar owns the rights of Zawgyi font. Among the disputes, it’s difficult to judge what’s the license of the font and who owns it.

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