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Choose a script to quickly locate information about it.

For anyone who wants to better understand how scripts work in computerised environments, and more particularly with regards to Unicode. The material should be accessible for a wide audience, from developers to managers.

Get information about script characteristics for a number of languages. It is not intended to be exhaustively scientific – merely to give a basic idea of what languages require what type of feature support.

Arabic CyrillicDevanagariGreekHanHangulHebrewJapaneseLatinThaiTibetanWord wrap tester

Pages that illustrate basic characteristics of a variety of scripts

BalineseBengaliIshidicKhmerLaoMyanmar (Burmese)TamilTibetanUrdu

Detailed notes about the scripts listed above.

Arabic ArmenianBalineseBengaliDevanagariEthiopicGreekHebrewKhmerLaoLisu (Fraser script)MalayalamMongolianMyanmar (Burmese)TamilThaiTibetanTifinagh

Character-by-character notes for the scripts listed above.

Translations in various scripts of phrases that can be used for examples in documents and presentations.

A list of fonts packaged with the Windows7/8 and Mac OS X SnowLeopard/Lion operating systems, grouped by script.

An introduction to the major Indic scripts used on the Indian mainland. Those addressed in this paper include specifically Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil, and Telugu.

From time to time questions are raised on W3C mailing lists about how to implement phonetic annotations in zhùyīn fúhào, or bopomofo. Participants in these discussions need a good understanding of the various complexities of bopomofo rendering, particularly concerning the way tone marks are handled.

There is some confusion about which shapes fonts should produce for Mongolian characters when combined with Free Variation Selectors (FVS), and sometimes also when not. This document looks at what glyphs are produced by fonts for characters in the Mongolian block, and tracks ongoing discussion about how to standardise them.

What's the Difference between Simplified & Traditional Chinese, and are they Separate in Unicode?

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Web Internationalization

A range of articles, mostly about international features of HTML and CSS, on the W3C site.

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