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Support: Javanese Font and Keyboard

Which characters are provided by the Javanese keyboard?

The Javanese keyboard provides all Javanese characters defined in the Unicode standard; this includes letters, marks, digits, and punctuation. The keyboard has five layers: commonly used characters, digits and punctuation, less commonly used characters, and two layers for pasangan.

Which iOS fonts support Javanese characters?

iOS 10, 11, and 12 provide only basic support with the Noto Sans Javanese font. iOS 9 does not support Javanese with any builtin font. The Javanese Font and Keyboard app therefore contains a beautiful Javanese font named “Yogya”, which can be installed from within the app. The font is based on the Pustaka font developed by Aditya Bayu Perdana and Arif Budiarto, but has been reengineered for iOS.

Which characters are supported by the Yogya font?

The font supports all Javanese characters defined in the Unicode standard.

Why can’t I use the font and keyboard in other apps?

You can, but you have to install them first – unfortunately, iOS doesn’t do this automatically when you download the app. Follow the instructions in the Font and Keyboard panes of the app.

Do all iOS apps work with this font?

Most iOS apps will work with this font once it’s installed, including Safari, Messages, Mail, Notability, Pages, and more. One known exception is Microsoft Word, which uses its own and less capable font rendering.

Why does Javanese text render differently in other apps?

If you see Javanese text rendered differently in other apps than in the Javanese Font and Keyboard app, then you may not have installed the Yogya font yet. iOS 10, 11, and 12 include the Noto Sans Javanese font, which many Javanese users find inadequate:

comparison Noto-Yogya

To install the Yogya font for use by other applications, go to the Font pane of the app, tap the “Yogya” button, and continue until the installation is done. In iOS 12.2 and later, 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 Yogya profile until “Done”. Apps should then use the Yogya font instead of Noto Sans Javanese.

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

You can post Javanese 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 Javanese font installed, just like you:

To post as an image, type the text in the Javanese 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.

Why does the keyboard show some characters in color?

Several Javanese digits look like Javanese letters, for example, the digit one, , looks like the letter (ga). 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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