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Charis SIL is a transitional serif typeface developed by SIL International based on Bitstream Charter, one of the first fonts designed for laser printers. The font offers four family members: roman, bold, italic, and bold italic.

Charis SIL
Charis SIL specimen.svg
Designer(s)SIL International
Date released2006
LicenseSIL Open Font License
Design based onBitstream Charter
Charis SIL sample.svg

Its design goal is to "provide a single Unicode-based font family that would contain a comprehensive inventory of glyphs needed for almost any Roman- or Cyrillic-based writing system, whether used for phonetic or orthographic needs."[1]

Charis SIL supports Graphite, OpenType, and AAT technologies for advanced rendering features. Along with Doulos SIL and Gentium, it is licensed under the SIL Open Font License (OFL),[2] and can be downloaded free of charge.[3]

In June, 2013, version 4.114 of Charis SIL was released with over 4600 glyphs. Version 5.000 of the font was released on 28 October 2014.[4]

Phonetician John C. Wells recommends Charis SIL for displaying IPA symbols.[5]



  1. ^ "Charis SIL (Home Page)".
  2. ^ OFL information page on
  3. ^ Download page on
  4. ^ "Current Versions". SIL International. 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  5. ^ Wells, John (2012-06-04). "IPA transcription in Unicode". University College London. Retrieved 2015-07-12.

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