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Annoucement: Beth Mardutho Releases 21 Syriac Fonts

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  • George Kiraz
    Beth Mardutho Releases Twenty-One Syriac Fonts An Announcement PISCATAWAY, NJ, May 3, 2001 -- Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute (formerly The Syriac
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2001
      Beth Mardutho Releases Twenty-One Syriac Fonts
      An Announcement
      PISCATAWAY, NJ, May 3, 2001 -- Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute (formerly The Syriac Computing Institute) released today its flag-ship non-profit product Meltho, version 1.1. The Meltho software contains twenty-one professional Syriac fonts for the Windows operating system.
      The Meltho software allows users to create Syriac documents and web pages under Windows 2000 and Windows XP. It also allows users to view documents created by others under Windows 95/98/ME. The software is available free of charge. The cost of the production of the fonts was donated by many generous institutions, foundations, and individuals whose names appear on the Meltho page.
      Meltho fonts support the three scripts Estrangelo, Serto (West Syriac), and East Syriac. The supported languages are Classical Syriac, Surith/Swadaya, Turoyo, Garshuni, and Christian Palestinian Aramaic. The fonts can be used to create Word and Publisher documents, web pages, Power Point presentations, Access database, emails, Graphics, and other types of documents.
      In the process of implementing Meltho, Beth Mardutho was instrumental in the addition of Syriac to Unicode, the international standard for storing texts in many languages. The institute provided free consultation to Microsoft for adding Syriac support in the Windows XP and Office XP products. The Meltho fonts are the first Syriac fonts to implement the new OpenType font technology.
      Users can download the free fonts from www.bethmardutho.org.
      About Beth Mardutho:
      Beth Mardutho seeks to promote the study and preservation of the Syriac heritage and language, and to facilitate opportunities for people to pursue the study of this ancient legacy globally. The Institute aims to serve the academic community, and the heirs of the heritage – the Syriac Orthodox, Assyrians, Maronites, Chaldeans, Syriac Catholics, St. Thomas Christians, and the Antiocheans and Melkites, transcending denominational diversity. Its Academic Committee consists of the most prominent scholars in the field. [www.BethMardutho.org]
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