Gentium BasicExt


Gentium BasicExt
Gentium BasicExt Bold
Gentium BasicExt Italic
Gentium BasicExt Bold Italic

Zipfile of the TTFs.
Zipfile of the webfont versions of the fonts.


This edited version of the Gentium Basic font set contains a very few added characters, particularly Hwair Ƕ [Ƕ ] and hwair  ƕ [ƕ] (for transcription of texts in the Gothic language) plus the precomposed characters for both uppercase and lowercase Roman Numerals.

As with SimonettaExt, the lowercase a+e ligature (“ash”, æ) was edited in the italic and bold italic versions of the original Gentium Basic font in order to match the design of its non-italic version more closely, specifically to avoid the æ - œ conundrum.

This is an under-appreciated problem, one that even occurs with fonts that “should know better”, such as Times New Roman. However, Palatino [Linotype], Georgia, Tahoma & Arial, et al., avoid the problem, most often by adapting the non-italic (or non-oblique) ‘a’ as that part of the italic/oblique ligature, rather than using the italic face’s ‘a’ form. (Note that the term italic applies correctly solely to serif fonts; all other fonts made to “lean” are called oblique.)


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