This Unicode character picker allows you to produce or analyse runs of Lisu text using the Lisu script. Character pickers are especially useful for people who don't know a script well, as characters are displayed in ways that aid identification.
To properly display the text you will need to choose a font that is loaded on your system or device, or use the web font downloaded with the page (Noto Sans Lisu).
You can also add codepoints and escapes via the "Add codepoint" field (hit return to add to the output field). You can also paste text into the output field to get information about it. Use the yellow boxes to set preferences or search. Regular expressions are allowed when searching – for example, to find characters with the word KA in their name, enter \bka\b, or the short form :ka:.
When working on an iPad or similar device, you should turn off more controls/Autofocus. This prevents the keyboard popping up after you input every character. You may also need to select a character twice to add it to the output field.
About the chart
Includes characters in the Unicode 7.0 Lisu block used for writing Lisu.
All text is output in Unicode normalisation form NFC by default. You can change to NFD or no normalisation by clicking on the buttons in the yellow area. Note that normalization only takes place when you click on a character - text pasted into the box won't be normalised until you click on another character above, or click on a button in the yellow area. (Note: normalization is turned off for Han characters in this application.)
The following alternative views are available by clicking on the vertical grey bar to the left of the selection area.
Default Clicking on this turns off the other features described in this section.
Characters are arranged to simplify entry, with consonants to the left, vowels to their right, and tone marks to their right.
Keyboard Shows characters in a standard keyboard arrangement. This does not map the characters to the physical keyboard – you still have to type on-screen.
Many of the positions of characters are based on keyboard layouts I have seen. Those keyboards, however, tended to use some ASCII characters for punctuation, when the Unicode Standard recommends other characters (in particular, MODIFIER LETTER LOW MACRON and MODIFIER LETTER APOSTROPHE), or they omit some punctuation characters mentioned in the Unicode Standard. The current version of this keyboard, therefore adds some extra characters.
The layout is adequate, given that pickers assume availability of a QWERTY keyboard, however if a real standardised keyboard layout is to be made, it should involve some further changes since a number of useful ASCII characters are missing from this layout.
Notes on other controls
Controls at the bottom of the page allow you to modify fonts used, the font size, and the height of the output box.
Searching by character name or codepoint. If you are searching for a particular character and know (at least part of) the name or the codepoint, type that in the search box and hit return. All characters with matching text in the name or codepoint number will be highlighted. The highlighting is only removed when you click on the X next to the search input field. You can also use regular expression syntax to improve your search results. For example, to find the letter 'ha', but not 'gha' etc, you can use \bha\b (or the shortcut, :ha:).