is, simply, a set of Ethiopic fonts and a keyboard layout for use with Windows application.
You may use WashRa with wide range of Unicode compatible Windows application including MS Office,
Open Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Mozila Thunderbird, MS Outlook, and much more.
WashRa 4.1 is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.
The WashRa fonts are released under the SIL Open Font License and for more information
please visit http://www.sil.org/ofl.
is a tool that converts documents written with WashRa 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 fonts to
Unicode-Ethiopic documents. The transformation is done by converting each character from WashRa ASCII code to
Unicode-Ethiopic character and by modifying the font definitions to the new WashRa 4.1 fonts, which support
Unicode-Ethiopic character set standard. It is an open-source project distributed under GPL license.
All the fonts distributed under WashRa and more are discussed here.
You may download these fonts either in this section or under WashRa.
Dedicated to Ato Yigezu Bisrat, an artist, educator,
and more importantly a typographer who made a magnificent contribution to
This article discusses the history of Ethiopic script, the evolution of its
character sets and writing system including the continued ill fated attempt
to modify the structure of the script, and finally the standardization of
the script in Unicode. [Coming Soon]