Support: Lontara Font and Keyboard
Which characters are provided by the Lontara keyboard?
The Lontara keyboard provides all Lontara characters in the Unicode standard; this includes consonants, vowels, and punctuation. It also includes the Javanese character pangrangkep, which is commonly used with Lontara.
Which iOS fonts support Lontara characters?
iOS 10, 11, and 12 support Lontara with the Noto Sans Buginese font. iOS 9 does not support Lontara with any builtin font. The Lontara Font and Keyboard app therefore contains a Lontara font named “Makassar”, which can be installed from within the app. The Makassar font is an enhanced version of Noto Sans Buginese.
Which characters are supported by the Makassar font?
The font supports all Lontara characters defined in the Unicode standard, as well as the Javanese character pangrangkep.
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 can’t my friends see Lontara text that I post on social media?
To see the Lontara text displayed on their devices, your friends need to have a Lontara font installed, just like you:
- For iPhone and iPad, they can also get the Lontara Font and Keyboard app, or upgrade to iOS 10.
- Android 5.1 and higher should have a Lontara font preinstalled. If it’s missing, there’s unfortunately no way to install one.
- For Windows 10 or for Firefox on older Windows, they can download and install the Noto Sans Buginese font.
As a workaround, you can also take a screenshot of Lontara text on your device and post the image.