Fonts and Software

Font: Charis SIL Mali

Charis SIL is a serif, proportionally-spaced font optimized for readability in long printed documents.

Font: SIL Andika Basic Mali

Andika is a sans serif, Unicode-compliant font designed especially for literacy use, taking into account the needs of beginning readers. The focus is on clear, easy-to-perceive letterforms that will not be readily confused with one another.


Keyman is popular utility for typing special characters using standard QWERTY and AZERTY keyboards. SIL Mali has developed a Keyman keyboard for typing all the characters used in Mali's languages.

Lexique Pro

Lexique Pro, developed by SIL in Mali, is an interactive lexicon viewer and editor, with hyperlinks between entries, category views, dictionary reversal, search, and export tools. It's designed to display data in a user-friendly format so it can be distributed to others.

Fieldworks Language Explorer (FLEx)

FieldWorks Language Explorer (or FLEx, for short) is designed to help field linguists perform many common language documentation and analysis tasks. It can help you elicit and record lexical information, create dictionaries, interlinearize texts, analyze discourse features and study morphology.


ScriptSource is a dynamic, collaborative reference to the writing systems of the world, with detailed information on scripts, characters, languages - and the remaining needs for supporting them in the computing realm.