--- title: Charis SIL - Design fontversion: 6.101 --- Charis SIL is optimized for readability in long printed documents. It is highly readable and holds up well in less-than-ideal reproduction environments due to its simple and robust design with strong serifs and clear features. ![Charis SIL Sample - Precomposed Latin Diacritics](assets/images/CharisSILTypePage.png){.fullsize}
Charis SIL Sample - Precomposed Latin Diacritics
Type samples showing an inventory of some of the unusual glyphs and features are available in a PDF sample: [Charis SIL Type Sample](https://software.sil.org/charis/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2015/12/CharisSILTypeSample.pdf). For a complete list of characters included in Charis SIL, see [Character Set Support](charset.md). ### Note regarding Charter This Charis SIL font is essentially the same design as the SIL Charis font first released by SIL in 1997. The design of the basic character set of Charis SIL is similar (but not identical) to Bitstream Charter, designed by Matthew Carter. The following notice accompanied the Charter fonts: > Ā© Copyright 1989-1992, Bitstream Inc., Cambridge, MA. > > You are hereby granted permission under all Bitstream propriety rights to use, copy, modify, sublicense, sell, and redistribute the 4 Bitstream CharterĀ® Type 1 outline fonts and the 4 Courier Type 1 outline fonts for any purpose and without restriction; provided, that this notice is left intact on all copies of such fonts and that Bitstream's trademark is acknowledged as shown below on all unmodified copies of the 4 Charter Type 1 fonts. > > BITSTREAM CHARTER is a registered trademark of Bitstream Inc. SIL International is the creator of the Charis SIL fonts, and is the owner of all proprietary rights therein. *Charis SIL* is a trademark of SIL International.