Menota Handbook 3.0
Guidelines for the electronic encoding of
Medieval Nordic primary sources

Appendix B: Fonts

Version 3.0 (12 December 2019)

by Odd Einar Haugen

B.1 On fonts in general

Medieval Nordic texts encoded on a normalised or a diplomatic level may be displayed successfully by a large number of fonts, although a few characters may not be available in some of these fonts. Texts encoded on a facsimile level will in almost all cases require spesialised fonts, such as the fonts developed with support of the Medieval Unicode Font Initiative.

It is worth noting that a text may be correctly encoded, even if some of the characters are displayed as white boxes or the like. This may simply mean that the font used by the computer does not have a character on a specific codepoint, not that there is anything wrong with the character or the encoding of it.

B.2 MUFI fonts

As of v. 2.0 of the Menota handbook, MUFI compatible fonts are recommended for the display of any texts encoded according to the Menota guidelines. A list of MUFI compatible fonts can be found on the MUFI web site, in the section MUFI fonts:

Note that several of the MUFI fonts can be downloaded free of charge. At present, all fonts are in the format Windows TrueType. Fonts of this type can be used on all major computer platforms, such as Linux, Mac (OS X), and Windows.

Since 2016, all texts in the archive of Menota have been displayed by Web Open Format Fonts, so that no special fonts need to be installed for browsing. See: