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Lao fonts and keyboard mapping solutions have been provided by Lao Script for Windows for more than twenty five years. However, operating system platforms now almost all include Lao keyboard mapping, mostly (automatically) wrapping Lao text as appropriate, so while our keyboard mapping apps will continue to be available, our main focus is now on developing and improving Lao fonts, particularly for web use.

We are pleased to announce the availability of three Lao OpenType font families each having a wide range of stroke weights and character widths in both plain and italic styles. Saysettha (version 2) is a redrawn and extended version of the widely-used Saysettha OT font, while SengBuhan and Saysettha Mai are new fonts with different character styles. All three font families include all the Lao Pali, Sanskrit and Kmhmu characters included in the Unicode 13 specification. Please see pages Saysettha, SengBuhan and SaysetthaMai for examples and more information.

Each of these fonts has been designed for use on almost any platform and is also available as a variable font especially for use in web pages. A new font selection Add-In for Microsoft Word simplifies choosing the best style to use in Word documents and can be downloaded here. See Font Selector Add-In for details.

Product overview

LaoScript 8 is an application (for Windows 7, 8 or 10) with Lao fonts and keyboard remapping to allow Lao language text to be easily entered and used on Windows-based computers using either the standard ('Lao typewriter') layout or an easily-learned phonetic entry method, and can be used with most 32-bit and 64-bit applications. Lao Script for Windows Version 7 remains available, but can only be used with 32-bit applications and should only be installed on Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Lao Script for Mac was developed initially for use with applications on OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Recent versions of macOS include support for Lao language, so Lao Script for Mac is no longer needed, but may be installed if phonetic (romanized) entry is preferred.

A new, faster, and easier-to-use Thai to Lao Translation Add-In for Microsoft Word is now available. See ThaiLao2020 User Guide for more information.

All fonts and apps developed by Lao Script for Windows are now distributed freely with no licensing or activation needed.

LaoScript Versions and Features

Description78Mac
Lao Unicode OpenType fonts optimized for screen and webpage use. OKOKOK
Non-Unicode Lao/English TrueType fonts. OKOK-
Lao phonetic input keyboard mapping, using an easy-to-learn romanized method of writing Lao syllables. OKOKOK
Lao standard keyboard mapping, using the familiar Lao typewriter layout. OKOKOK
Optionally wrap Lao text as it is typed by automatically inserting invisible break characters. OKOKn/a
Use with Windows 7, 8 and 10, 32-bit and 64-bit apps. -OKn/a
Use with Windows XP and Vista (32-bit apps). OK-n/a
Lao Add-In for Microsoft Word and Excel:
  • Lao spell-checking
  • Conversion of Lao text between different types of Lao fonts
  • Sorting paragraphs or tables according to Lao alphabetical order
  • Insertion and removal of hidden breaks for automatically wrapping at word boundaries
  • Automatic or interactive translation from Thai to Lao (Word only)
  • Phonetic conversion of Lao text (e.g. sa-bai-dii, phaa-saa lao)
  • Lao "ribbon" menu (Word 2007 or later)
OKOK-
Lao Add-In for Microsoft PowerPoint:
  • Lao spell-checking
  • Conversion of Lao text between different types of Lao fonts
  • Lao "ribbon" menu (Word 2007 or later)
OKOK-
Lao Add-In for Microsoft Access with API functions for use in queries or VBA code, implementing the features provided as menu functions in the Lao Add-Ins for Word and Excel. -OK-
Lao Add-On for LibreOffice (Writer and Calc):
  • Lao spell-checking
  • Conversion of Lao text between different types of Lao fonts
  • Sorting paragraphs or tables according to Lao alphabetical order
  • Insertion and removal of hidden breaks for automatically wrapping at word boundaries
-OK-
Lao Add-In for Adobe InDesign (CS2 or later):
  • Dictionary-based Lao spell-checking and (hidden) break insertion
  • Conversion of Lao text between different types of Lao fonts
-OK-