Tangut Yinchuan


Tangut Yinchuan is a font for the Tangut script that supports the full set of Tangut characters defined in Unicode version 9.0 (Tangut code chart). It is based on a font named XXZT (西夏字体 in Chinese) that was designed by Prof. Jing Yongshi 景永时 of the Beifang Ethnic University (北方民族大学) in Yinchuan. The original font has been remapped to Unicode code points, and extended to cover all Unicode Tangut ideographs and components, by Andrew West and Michael Everson. We have also made numerous glyph changes (some of which are documented in N4588 and N4723).

This font has been made available for free download and use with the permission of Prof. Jing Yongshi, who reserves the copyright to the font. This font may not be modified, sold or redistributed for profit without the express permission of the copyright holders. If you use this font in a publication you are requested to acknowledge Prof. Jing Yongshi's copyright of the font.

The font is maintained by Andrew West and Michael Everson, and any feature requests or bug reports should be directed to Andrew West by email or on twitter.

Sample of Tangut Yinchuan font showing the preface to the Homophones


Table of glyph corrections in Tangut Yinchuan

Version History

Version Date Notes
9.000 2017-01-01 First public release. Supports Unicode 9.0. Includes 6,125 Tangut ideographs at U+17000 through U+187EC; 755 Tangut components at U+18800 through U+18AF2; the Tangut iteration mark at U+16FE0; four unencoded Tangut strokes and components in the PUA at U+E000 through U+E003; six unencoded Tangut ideographs in the PUA at U+F000 through U+F005 (five of these are scheduled for inclusion in Unicode 11.0); and 289 variant forms of Tangut ideographs in the SPUA at U+F0000 through U+F015F.
9.001 2017-03-19 Added five candidate characters for encoding at U+F006 through U+F00A; corrected glyphs for U+1732E and U+1756E; added old glyph form of U+1756E at U+F0160. Also added support for vertical text layout.


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