Are You Seeing Squares Where There Should Be Cherokee Syllabary?
When you visit websites that have the Cherokee syllabary on them, you may see squares or little question marks instead. Don’t worry! This simply means that you do not have a UNICODE compatible Cherokee font installed on your computer.
The Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center released a font in 2000, and this font became one of the most widely used Cherokee fonts ever. It was used in the creation of many documents over the years. However, as technology advanced, the font, while very valuable, became outdated. In order to use our language in technology such as email, websites, and text messaging, the Cherokee language needed a compatible font. Fortunately, there are several.
So How Do You Get Rid of These Squares?
The squares represent areas of text that should be Cherokee. When you install a compatible font your computer and change your browser settings, the squares will disappear.
Where Can You Download Cherokee Fonts?
(note these fonts are made by 3rd parties, not by Cherokee Nation)
Digohweli Font (with instructions) (developed by www.languageek.com)
Aboriginal Sans and Aboriginal Serif (also from www.languagegeek.com)
Plantagenet Cherokee (from Tiro Typeworks)
A larger list of font downloads can be found on the ᏄᏍᏛ ᎠᏙᏪᎵᏍᎩ (Font) page.
After You Download and Install a Compatible Font, Then What?
After you install a compatible font on your computer, you need to go to your browser settings and enable the font. A set of instructions can be found here.
(NOTE: These instructions are for Internet Explorer. If you use other browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc., the set up is very similar. Please refer to your specific browser’s documentation for font set up.)