North American Indian languages are written using the Latin script with various diacritics, unified Canadian Syllabics or, in the case of Cherokee, the Cherokee alphabet. Christopher Harvey at has created both serif and sans-serif OpenType fonts covering the necessary Unicode ranges for writing many of the native American languages of Canada and the United States. In addition, he now has a number of new specialized fonts which have been optimized for writing specific languages and orthographic variants. His excellent web site is well worth a visit.
In the italic, the expansive ascenders of Tagliente's type were shortened and the curl to the right replaced with more conventional serifs . Monotype also cut italic capitals sloped to match the lower-case, whereas in the Renaissance italics were used with upright capital letters in the Roman inscriptional tradition. The bold (Monotype's invention, since Griffo and his contemporaries did not use bold type) is extremely solid, providing a very clear contrast to the regular styles, and Monotype also added lining (upper-case height) figures as well as the text figures (at lower-case height) used in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.