Yolŋu Font

NOTE: The difference between the Yolŋu keyboard and the Yolŋu font:

Using the Yolŋu Keyboard allows everyone to see the special Yolŋu characters, even when posting online to the Yolŋu Study Groups or to Livestream. 
The Yolŋu Font has less verastility. When used, the special Yolŋu characters can only be seen by others who have previously downloaded the Yolŋu font onto their computer.

If, however, you are unable to successfully install  the Yolŋu Keyboard, or are having difficulties with it, then download and install the Yolŋu Font instead.

Yolŋu languages are written using special characters: ŋ ä ḏ ṉ ḻ ṯ and ' (glottal stop).


The extra characters required for writing Yolŋu languages are highlighted on the image above. Note: The 'long a' (ä) is located with shift 6 keystroke, while the capital 'long a' (Ä) is on the shift 5 keystroke.

Download the Yolŋu font

This special cross platform font has been developed for working in Yolŋu languages. It can be downloaded from this site free of charge. It is called AYolnguNTU.

Installing YM fonts

To read some instructions on how to install fonts on your computer, look under the operating system of your computer below:


Installing Truetype Yolŋu font on your Windows computer

  1. Right click on the font link AYolNTU.ttf.
  2. Select 'Save Target as' (for Internet Explorer users) or 'Save Link as' (for Netscape users).
  3. Locate your fonts folder. It should be under "c:\ windows\fonts".
  4. Click Save.
  5. Restart your computer.

Installing Truetype Yolŋu font on your Mac

  1. Click on this link AYolNTU.ttf you should be asked if you want to save the file. Click Save. It will then appear as a downloaded file.
  2. Open Font Book.
  3. Click 'Add Font' then click 'Open'.
  4. Restart your computer.

Another option.

  1. Control click the file AYolNTU.ttf when the options appear, choose 'save link as'.
  2. Choose a location where you wish to save the font file.
  3. Open Font Book.
  4. Click 'Add Font' then click 'Open'.
  5. Restart your computer.
Working with the Yolŋu Matha font
Cross Platform Compatibility

The Yolŋu Matha font is designed to be completely cross-platform compatible ie documents saved on Macintosh and transferred to Windows (& vice versa) will display and print identically. For general use of the font the following notes can ignored.


For the font to work exactly as designed, the kerning feature in applications must be ON. Applications such as FreeHand, Illustrator, Quark, Corel, PageMaker etc have Kerning turned ON by default. Microsoft Word is the exception and kerning must be turned ON manually.

In Microsoft Word, Go to Format/Font/Character Spacing...and make sure "kerning for fonts" is turned ON. Also type the number 1 in the "points and above". Click OK.

Note: You must turn kerning on EVERY TIME you open or re-open a file.

Note: Even when turned on, it is our observation that kerning does not appear to be as accurate in Microsoft word as in dedicated graphics programs.

Font Edge Smoothing Macintosh TrueType Font edge smoothing for TrueType fonts is not available up to and including System 8.x. For System 9.x and above (TrueType AND PostScript): Go to System Folder/Control Panels/Appearance Choose the Fonts tab. Make sure "Smooth All Fonts on Screen" is ticked. and type 1 in the Points field. PostScript Up to System 8.x: Go to System Folder/Control Panels/~ATM Make sure "Smooth Font Edges on Screen" is ticked. For System 9.x and above: (PostScript AND TrueType) Go to System Folder/Control Panels/Appearance Choose the Fonts tab. Make sure "Smooth All Fonts on Screen" is ticked. and type 1 in the Points field. For OSX ATM is not required for font smoothing for PostScript and TrueType fonts Windows TrueType Go to Start/Settings/Control Panels/ Double-click Display First, choose the Settings tab. Make sure the Colours pop-up is set at 256 colours or above; Then, choose the Effects tab and make sure that "Smooth Edges of Screen Fonts" is ticked. Press OK. (for Windows2000 and higher, the above works with smoothing for TrueType, PostScript and OpenType) PostScript Open Adobe Type Manager (ATM). A shortcut is usually on the desktop. Otherwise try Start/Programs or Start/Program Files. Choose the Settings tab and press Advanced. Makes sure "Smooth Font Edges on Screen" is ticked. Press OK and quit out of ATM. (for Windows2000 and higher, ATM is not required for smoothing for PostScript. Font smoothing is System wide for TrueType, PostScript and Open Type)