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This site allows you to generate text fonts that you can copy and paste into your Instagram bio. Simply put your normal text in the first box and fonts for Instagram bio/captions/etc. will appear in the output box with all sorts of cool symbols. They’re particularly useful on social media sites that don’t allow you to format your text (e.g. bold, italics, underline, etc.).
The site works by generating a bunch of different styles using a large range of different Unicode characters. That’s why you can copy and use them in your profile and comments. So technically you’re not actually generating fonts, but instead I guess you could say you’re generating Instagram-compatible Unicode glyphs.
Here’s the short explanation: Your keyboard is hiding characters from you. Your keyboard has only about 100 characters on it, but that’s just because it can’t fit any more. That’s not to scoff at the Unicode standard. It’s pretty cool — more than 100,000 text symbols including everything from cursive alphabets like you see above to weird emoji symbols representing thousands of different objects.
Unicode had a bit of a tough time though, because all the different organisations didn’t want to change their whole system around just to comply with this new spec. So Unicode had to introduce a bunch of different symbol sets to support legacy systems.
There were originally 128 characters (read about ASCII), but then Unicode was introduced and that supports an unlimited number of characters. If any of the special characters above don’t work in your Instagram bio (or if they appear as question marks or plain squares) then it’s probably because your device doesn’t support the relevant Unicode characters yet. Each year the Unicode standard grows to incorporate more characters — and emojis! That’s right, emojis are actually just textual characters!
ASCII characters are the first 128 symbols of Unicode, and these are the things that you’re reading right now. But there are far more than 128 symbols in Unicode, and it just so happens that there are quite a few that look a bit like the normal Latin alphabet (i.e. that look like English text). Okay, so there are a bunch more characters than the ones on your keyboard, but how do we generate bold/italic/fancy text that can be copy-pasted away from this site and into another one?
We can take advantage of that to make «pseudo-alphabets» which resemble normal ASCII text, but which have certain differences — such as being bolder, or italic, or even upside down! These «alphabets» often aren’t perfect — they’re basically «Unicode hacks» which take advantage of various symbols from different sets all throughout the 100k+ symbols in the standard.
Since the Unicode standard is so big, it’ll take many years for all the characters to be included in all the new devices, but it’s happening pretty fast, so it may only be a month or two until your browser/device supports the new cool symbols.
The term «font» actually refers to a set of graphics that correspond to some or all of the Unicode glyphs. You’ve probably heard of «Comic Sans» and «Arial» — these are fonts. What you’re copying and pasting above are actually symbols that exist in every font. So that’s how we ended up with all these funky text fonts. Of course, many of the above «fonts» aren’t «proper» character sets — they were put together into a set that sort of resembles an alphabet.
Yes! You can use them on Tumblr, Reddit, Amino, Discord, Spectrum, WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, YouTube, QQ, SnapChat, Skype, VKontakte (VK), Pinterest, and more! It is going to work on Facebook and Twitter even if you want to send someone a text message is going to work. So you don’t have to worry about whether it’s going to support or not. it’s going to support almost all kinds of smartphones especially if your iPhone then is going to support 100% but on Facebook, there are some limitation which is limited by Facebook itself, FB doesn’t allow all kind of fancy text so there is a limitation on site. But on Twitter, it’s going to work well.
Using this website is the very easy only thing you have to do that just type your text on the input section, if you are on the desktop then it is going to show on top and if you are using a smartphone then it is going to show on the bottom.
Okay, now on to the long explanation: The long explanation starts with an international organisation called «Unicode». It’s the organisation that handles the international standards for converting numbers into textual characters. So each letter that you’re reading right now is stored on my server as a series of zeros and ones. That needs to go from my server to your browser, and your browser needs to understand what those zeros and ones are referring to.In the early days of computing, everyone had their own ideas about which binary codes should refer to which textual characters — there was no universal standard saying 01100001=a, 01100010=b, etc., but that changed in the 1980s with the formation of Unicode.
One of the most popular «languages» in the early 1980s (especially in the USA) was ASCII — the American Standard Code for Information Interchange. ASCII was (and still is) just a simple set of conversion rules to go from numbers to characters. You can’t copy and paste some Comic Sans into your Instagram bio because the symbols the you’d be copying would just be normal ASCII characters.
In the early 1980s a bunch of prominent computer scientists and engineers got together to try to solve this increasingly annoying problem. They invented an encoding that was backwards compatible with ASCII (an absolute must since no one wanted to re-write all their documents and programs to handle a new encoding).
You may notice that some of the fonts don’t work on Instagram. Unfortunately Instagram filters out some of the fancy letters and symbols — probably because they don’t want people to abuse certain Unicode stuff like the excessive diacritics used in the «glitch text» font that you’ll see in the list.
This site is called Insta Fonts simply because Instagram is one of the most widely used social media platforms. As I’ve noted above, some sites disallow certain Unicode characters, and so not all of these Unicode fonts will work on all sites.
So really, if I were to be really pedantic, this site should be called «pseudo instagram fonts». But the current name gets the point across, and it’s nice and short.