This Unicode character picker allows you to produce or analyse runs of Burmese text using the Balinese 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 fonts downloaded with the page (Aksara Bali WF, and Noto Sans Balinese WF).
Browser support for the Askara Bali and Noto Sans Balinese fonts varies! Examples: Internet Explorer 11 doesn't hide adeg-adeg in consonant clusters and doesn't correctly join vowel signs with the preceding consonant. Firefox and Chrome fail to produce the post-fixed form of ra repa in the sequence <consonant, adeg-adeg, ra repa>. Chrome on iOS does this correctly, however. Safari seems to work well on the Mac and iOS.
The following words illustrate the issues. In Bali Aksara webfont: ᬧᬓ᭄ᬋᬋᬄ, ᬓᬺᬰ᭄ᬡ, and ᬩᬸᬤ᭄ᬟ. In Noto Sans Balinese webfont: ᬧᬓ᭄ᬋᬋᬄ, ᬓᬺᬰ᭄ᬡ, and ᬩᬸᬤ᭄ᬟ.
You will also find that support for combining characters varies. You can change the appearance of combining characters in the picker table using more controls > CC base. By default there is no base. For some browsers you will need to set it to the dotted circle. (You can set this in your bookmark by adding ?ccbase=%E2%97%8C to the end of the URL.)
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 Balinese block used for writing Balinese. Musical symbols are not included. Symbols used for Sasak are included in the advanced section.
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. The default table is likely to be most useful to people who are somewhat familiar with the alphabet and characters of Burmese.
Characters have been arranged so that is easy to input them, and especially to ensure that multiple combining characters are input in the right normalised order. Independent vowels are at the far left. To their right are the consonants, in a Brahmi articulatory arrangement. Combining marks appear below the consonants. To their right are the vowel signs(top) and digits (bottom). In the right half, characters on the upper lines are input before the combining characters below them. The right-most column of characters contains punctuation.
Transcriptions There is one transcription panel available in this picker.
Latin characters provides additional characters you may need while typing in a Latin transcription from the keyboard.
Tools above the input box
Controls above the input box allow you to run various operations on the text in the box. Most of them work on what you have selected within the box, or the whole box if nothing is selected.
Copy, select, delete. The icons on the left above the input box allow you to copy the text to the clipboard, select the text or delete the text, respectively.
Show codepoints. Produces a list of the Unicode code points in the input box. You can usually follow a link from a code point item to more detailed information about that character.
Convert to escapes. Opens a new window for the converter app, which shows various different ways of representing the text in the input box using escapes.
Make example. This may be useful to speed up the creation of examples. You can create an example with four parts, delimited by /, in the following order:  Balinese text,  IPA transcription,  other transcription,  meaning. You don't need to add all four elements, but if you want to skip one in the middle of the sequence, use //.
Character markup. This may be useful to speed up the creation of markup for a specific character or set of characters. Select one or more characters in the output area, then click this button. It will return something like the following for each of the characters:
<span class="uname">U+1B2F BALINESE LETTER WA</span> (<span lang="ban">ᬯ</span>)
When you add it to your document, it will look like this.
U+1B2F BALINESE LETTER WA (ᬯ)
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:).
CC base. You would normally expect combining characters, such as accents and vowel signs, when displayed alone to be associated with a dotted circle, however these font glyphs are handled inconsistently from one browser/font to the next. The picker is set up for a given web font initially, but if you change the table font you may need to do something to ensure that combining characters display in a way that helps you click on them. The CC base control allows you to specify a base character that will be used before each combining character (or no base character). This should hopefully help for most font and browser combinations.