Reading Modern Fonts 4:
It may initially seem strange to have
such extreme variations of character forms. However, in English we
have (and normally don't even notice) radically different forms of
letters such as "a" and "g".
In time, and with practice, reading modern Thai fonts will
become as easy as reading traditional ones.
Modern Thai typography has been heavily
influenced by the West. Note the following characters' resemblance to
a, s, w, u, and n.
The fonts used in these Notes are:
Noto Sans Thai
JS Thannaporn Regular
For further practice reading on this
Language Alphabet Cards where in "options" one can select a modern
Reader where the text can be displayed a modern font.
Additional recommended reading:
Cooper, D. 1996, "How do Thais tell letters apart?"
in The Fourth International Symposium on Language and
Linguistics, Thailand, pp. 1163-1176. Institute of Language and
Culture for Rural Development, Mahidol University. Explains
differences in character form in a range of different styles of
typeface. Can be downloaded from http://www.sealang.net/sala/archives/pdf8/cooper1996how.pdf.
The paper also discusses Thai OCR (Optical Character recognition).
AUA Language Center Thai Course, Reading and Writing: Mostly
ISBN 0-87727-511-4. Covers (amongst other things) different
styles of Thai handwriting.