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Support: Balinese Font and Keyboard

Which iOS fonts support Balinese characters?

iOS 13 and 14 come with Noto Serif Balinese, a reasonably functional Balinese font. iOS 10, 11, and 12 provided Noto Sans Balinese, which is not fully functional. The Balinese Font and Keyboard app therefore contains a Balinese font named “Ubud”, which can be installed from within the app. The Ubud font is a significantly enhanced version of Noto Sans Balinese. Here are the three fonts in comparison:

comparison Ubud-Noto

Which characters are supported by the Ubud font?

The font supports all Balinese characters defined in the Unicode standard, including the ones used for the Balinese language, for the Sasak language, and musical symbols.

How do I make the Ubud font available to other apps?

To make the Ubud font available to other apps, go to the Font pane of the Balinese Font and Keyboard app, tap the “Ubud” button, and continue until the installation is done. In iOS 12.2 through 12.4.8, you’ll then also have to go to the Settings app, look for an entry “Profile Downloaded” near the top, tap it, then tap “Install”, and follow the steps to complete the installation of the Ubud profile until “Done”.

Do all iOS apps work with this font?

On iOS 13 and 14, the Ubud font only becomes available in apps that let users choose fonts using an OS-provided font menu, including Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Notability, Affinity Designer, Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint. Users can then choose it from the font menu to apply it to Balinese text. All other apps on iOS 13 and 14 use Noto Serif Balinese. On iOS 10, 11, and 12, the Ubud font becomes available to all apps, including Safari, Messages, and more; it effectively replaces Noto Sans Balinese. Most iOS apps will work with the Ubud font once it’s available to them. One known exception is Microsoft Word, which uses its own and less capable font rendering.

Why does Balinese text render differently in other apps?

If you see Balinese text rendered differently in other apps than in the Balinese Font and Keyboard app, this can have different reasons. First, you have to make the Ubud font available to other apps, as described in “How do I make the Ubud font available to other apps?”. Second, on iOS 13 and 14, the font only becomes available in apps that let users choose fonts, and users have to choose it from the font menu, as described in “Do all iOS apps work with this font?”.

Why can’t my friends see Balinese text that I post on social media?

You can post Balinese text either in the form of text, or in the form of an image.

If you post in the form of text, then to see that text displayed on their devices, your friends need to have a Balinese font installed, just like you:

To post as an image, type the text in the Balinese Font and Keyboard app, then tap the Share button. This creates an image and brings up a dialog that lets you choose what to do with the image.

Which characters are provided by the Balinese keyboard?

The Balinese keyboard provides all Balinese characters used for the Balinese language; this includes letters, marks, digits, and punctuation. The keyboard for iPhone has three layers: commonly used characters, less commonly used characters, and digits and punctuation. The keyboard for iPad has two layers: commonly used characters, less commonly used characters including digits and punctuation. Gantungan and gempelan are entered as combinations with the character adeg adeg – see below.

How do I make the keyboard available to other apps?

To make the Balinese keyboard available to other apps, go to the Keyboard pane of the Balinese Font and Keyboard app, and follow the instructions there.

How do I type consonant clusters with gantungan and gempelan?

In order to type consonant clusters with gantungan and gempelan, insert the Balinese character ◌᭄ (adeg adeg) between Balinese consonants. For example, for the Balinese word ᬦᬗ᭄ᬓ (jackfruit), type ᬦ ᬗ ◌᭄ ᬓ.

Why does the keyboard show some characters in color?

Several Balinese digits look like Balinese letters, for example, the digit eight, , looks like the letter (pa kapal). However, in Unicode digits are separate characters, and some software, such as spreadsheets, may depend on the distinction. The keyboard therefore highlights the digits in color.

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