Lithuanian ABC is based on Latin. The first alphabet was introduced in the Cathecismus written by Martynas Mažvydas in 1547. The current Lithuanian alphabet consists of 32 letters: the Latin characters with extra nasal letters (ą, ę, į, ų) and letters with diacritics (č, š, ž, ė, ū), which are set in the following order:
1864-1904 was the period of the ban of the Russian tsarist authorities on the printing of Lithuanian publications in Latin letters, their importation from abroad or distribution in Lithuania and the districts in the European part of the Russian Empire. In 2004, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the recovery of the Lithuanian press in Latin characters, the first genuine Lithuanian computer font called Palemonas was developed (see Figure).