About Taviraj

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License: SIL Open Font License, 1.1

Taviraj is a serif Latin and looped Thai typeface that has a wide structure that ensures readability and legibility. It is well-suited for formal usage. Thai letters have thick and thin strokes, similar to the Latin, together with rounded and airy looped terminals. Taviraj is a 9 weight family that includes italics.

Taviraj is a Thai word that refers to the last two kings of Krungsri Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. People also metaphorically refer to Taviraj as the fall of a dynasty, and that is the reason why it appeared in the poem written by King Rama V regarding the situation of Siam being threatened by French expansionism, with his majesty expressing his sorrow towards the possibility of the end of his era. A traditional Thai style of typeface is called “farangses,” which means french, and Taviraj is in this genre. This contradiction highlights its origin.

A similarity between some glyphs such as ก ถ ภ ฤ ฦ and ฎ ฏ is something to take into consideration because it might lead to confusion when typesetting very short texts. Taviraj takes a specific approach when dealing with the thick and thin strokes of Thai glyphs. Other type designers of Thai fonts may like to use this approach as a reference. Formal looped Thai typefaces have delicate details so care must be taken when expanding them to heavier weights, to retain all the details. The size and position of Thai vowel and tone marks has been managed carefully because they are all relevant to readability, legibility, and overall texture.

The Taviraj project is led by Cadson Demak, a type foundry in Thailand. To contribute, see github.com/cadsondemak/taviraj

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Use on the Web

The Taviraj webfont is available for use on the web via the Google Fonts API.

1. Add this code to your website:

<link href='https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Taviraj' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

Instructions: To embed this font into your web page, copy this code into the <head> of your HTML document.

2. Integrate the font into your CSS:

font-family: 'Taviraj', Arial, sans-serif;

Instructions: Add the font name to your CSS selector just as you'd do normally with any other font.

Use in Desktop Software

The Taviraj font has been extracted from the Google Fonts API for use in desktop software.

1. Download the font file in your desired style:

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Taviraj-500Italic.ttf
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Taviraj-700Italic.ttf
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Taviraj-800Italic.ttf
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Taviraj-200Italic.ttf
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Taviraj-700.ttf
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Taviraj-900.ttf
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Taviraj-100.ttf
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Taviraj-300Italic.ttf
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Taviraj-100Italic.ttf
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Taviraj-Regular.ttf
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Taviraj-600Italic.ttf
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Taviraj-300.ttf
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Taviraj-800.ttf
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Taviraj-600.ttf
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Taviraj-Italic.ttf
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Taviraj-200.ttf
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Taviraj-500.ttf
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Taviraj-900Italic.ttf
Note: As these fonts come directly from the Google servers, they will need to be renamed.

2. Install to your computer

  • For Windows 10/8/7/Vista
    Right-click the font file then click the "Install" menu option.

  • For Mac OS xx 10.3 or above
    Double-click the font file then click the "Install Font" button at the bottom of the preview.