Kawthulei is a plugin designed to make using Karen text on a wordpress site more reliable accross various browsers and platforms.
This plugin is devoted to making it easier to use the Karen languages on the Internet. Due to poor technical support, the Karen langauges currently have almost no online presence. But with the help of this WordPress plugin, you can help change that.
The Karen languages are commonly written with a script derived from the Myanmar script. The Sgaw and Pwo Karen scripts are implemented in recent versions of Unicode as an extension of the Myanmar script. However, many people may still be using psuedo-Unicode Myanmar fonts, which commonly use minority language code points for their own use. This causes a problem for browsers which don't know which font to use, and commonly choose the wrong one, rendering the text unreadable.
Note, real Myanmar text faces the same compatibility problem when psuedo-Unicode fonts are present. In the future, I plan to upgrade this plugin to support Myanmar text as well as Karen.
The solution is to specifically assign the correct font to all Karen text. The primary function of this plugin is to facilitate this assignment. It does this by scanning content for Karen text, and assigning a CSS class containing font family information to any text it finds. Aditionally, CSS that should load the proper fonts over the Internet is included as well in case the user fails to have Unicode Myanmar fonts installed on his/her system.