Using the Hazzat Font

Codename: Hazzat Vertical Font
Help Page


Please install the Hazzat Vertical font and the Coptic CS fonts before viewing this page


  1. About this Help Page
  2. About the Hazzat Vertical Font
  3. Key Mappings
  4. Usage
  5. Example Hymn
  6. Helpful tip
  7. Limitations
  8. Questions


About this Help Page:

This help file is written in order to familiarize the user with the font, and why the key mappings were set this way. Please read the entire help file before using the font. Reading the documentation for the Hazzat Vertical font will make it much easier for the user, and faster when writing hymns.
Often you will see tip boxes marked by: . Please take the time to read them, as they are designed to give you tips on using the font.


About the Hazzat Vertical Font:

This font is made in order to make long Coptic hymns easier to learn. The idea is to put certain notes between the Coptic letters in order to follow along with the hymn. The hymn notes are not complicated. As a result, a person that doesn't know the hymn could not chant it just by reading the notes, but should listen to the hymn and be familiar with the melody, and the Hazzat Vertical font will guide the chanter through the transition points in the melody.

The Hazzat Vertical font is not a new idea, but it has been used by the Coptic Church (mainly the deacons) for a long time. However, this is the first time to be made into a font. The idea is to make the following feasible:

  1. Store all hymns on the computer, instead of papers all around.
  2. Be able to share these hymns with friends.
  3. Post these hymns on the internet for teaching.
  4. Make it look nice and uniform.
  5. Set a standard for other fonts for the same purpose.

Please send all feedbacks to Webmaster. You don't have to limit your feedback to be usability related, but feel free to send me any comments or suggestions about the font, new characters to be added, the help file, or anything that is on your mind.

This font is a freeware, to be shared by Copts and non-Copts all over the world. Just one request from author... Please share your hymns with everybody for teaching purpose. Thank you, and may God reward you.


Key Mappings:


Key Symbol Description
z z one short note
w w one short and wavy note
Z Z one long note
X X Extension for both regular and wavy (vibrated) notes (indicate longer length)
a a change abruptly to next character
j j chant fast underscore (in place after character)
J J chant fast arrowhead (in place after character)
W W one long and wavy (vibrated) note
. . pause / breath mark
+ + higher tone
- - lower tone
1 1 repeat one time
2 2 repeat two times
3 3 repeat three times
4 4 repeat four times
5 5 repeat five times
6 6 repeat six times
7 7 repeat seven times
8 8 repeat eight times
9 9 repeat nine times
0 0 zero
! ! mark number one
@ @ mark number two
# # mark number three
$ $ mark number four
% % mark number five
^ ^ mark number six
& & mark number seven




Regular notes:

Regular notes are used to indicate regular voice inflections with medium duration.  Similarly, short regular notes indicate shorter duration.  Adding an extender to the regular note indicates a longer duration.



Vibrated Notes:

Vibrated notes are used to give the effect of a fast change in pitch (vibration) in a certain note.  Vibrated notes could be combined with regular notes, or with other vibrated notes.  Here is an example that combines regular notes with vibrated notes:



Special Characters:


To transition abruptly to next character use:

a for a (change abruptly to next character)


ZZaZZZZ 2 regular notes going abruptly to 4 regular notes

eboZZZal qen 3 regular notes going abruptly to rest of Coptic hymn


To notate a part to be chanted fast:

j for j (chant fast underscore)

J for J (chant fast arrowhead)

Place a lower case "j" after every letter of the word(s) to be chanted fast, then a capital letter "J" after the last letter to put the arrowhead. For example:

ebol qjejnJ The notation here is to chant the second word fast


For a breath mark or a pause/break use:

. for . (pause / breath mark)


ZXzz. zZXz a pause or a breath mark between the first 2 set of notes


To notate lower or higher tones use:

- for - (lower tone)

+ for + (higher tone)

Here's an example of both notations:

zZZ +zZZX The arrow notates for the 2nd set of notes to be higher in tone

zZZ -zZZX The arrow notates for the 2nd set of notes to be lower in tone


For repeats use:

1 for 1 (repeat one time)

2 for 2 (repeat two times)

3 for 3 (repeat three times)

4 for 4 (repeat four times)

5 for 5 (repeat five times)

6 for 6 (repeat six times)

7 for 7 (repeat seven times)

8 for 8 (repeat eight times)

9 for 9 (repeat nine times)

0 for 0 (zero)

Here are some examples:

(zZZz. zZZX)3 repeat this 3 times

(zZZz. zZZX)7 repeat this 7 times!

(zZZz. zZZX)90 repeat this 90 times!!


To mark a certain part use:

! for ! (mark number one)

@ for @ (mark number two)

# for # (mark number three)

$ for $ (mark number four)

% for % (mark number five)

^ for ^ (mark number six)

& for & (mark number seven)

 Note that to mark a certain part you hold down the shift key plus the number you want to mark it with. For example you want to mark number four, you hold down the shift key + "4".

This is an example of how you mark a certain part:

(zZZz. zZZX)# call this part number 3

Then, this is how you reference it later instead of typing it again:

(...)# a reference to number 3


Example Hymn: Paschal Agios

A(Z ZZ ZZ ZX.ZZZXazz +zzZX. ZZZX.Z zzZ ZX zZX.)2



Helpful tip:

Other than disabling the Autocorrect and the Grammar and Spelling check on your MS word, here's another helpful tip: When typing the notes for a certain hymn that you have, I understand it's a hassle to switch back and forth between the Coptic or English font and the Hazzat Vertical font. So here's the best way to do it:

  1. 1.Type the words for the whole hymn first
  2. Copy a certain letter from the Hazzat Vertical font that you know you'll be using a lot, in order to place it in your clipboard.
    Lets say you copy this: Z
  3. Paste the copied Hazzat character wherever you want to place a note. This will make MS Word have the Hazzat font automatically selected
  4. If you don't want to use the Z character where you pasted it, then you can hit the Backspace button and type whatever character you wanted instead. This will work because the Hazzat font will still be selected.



Here's a list of know limitations to the font so far. As feedback comes in, I might have to add some extra points to the list:

  1. You can use the note extenders to extend one note only, but you can't extend the last 2 notes example or more
  2. Due to the way that the notes are slanted, it makes the Hazzat Vertical font work only on Coptic and English hymns. As for Arabic hymns you will need the notes to be slanted to the left.



If you have any questions or want to send me any comments or suggestions, please don't hesitate to email me. Thanks, and God bless.


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