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Zaghawa Beria Font (Endorsed)
Current version: 1.000, released May 31, 2007
This alphabet is built around a sampling of the markings on livestock (especially camels) within the Zaghawa Beria language region of western Sudan and eastern Chad. It is an idea that has its origins in the work of a Sudanese schoolteacher, who developed the first version of this over 25 years ago. The script has since been better adapted to the Zaghawa Beria language by Siddik Adam Issa, and he has found a great enthusiasm by the people for what he has put together.
The font is a hanging font. The "clothesline" on which the font hangs is the line below the suprasegmental box, and above the lower case box. There are two types of supersegmentals: tone/stress, and ATR marking for vowels. Tone and stress marks are mutually exclusive. Tone markings occur in transcriptions, and stress markings occur in the writing system. The vowels [e], [i], [o] and [u] are marked for Advanced Tongue Root (ATR) by putting a line in the lower half of the supersegmental section above the hanging line.