This Unicode character picker allows you to produce or analyse runs of Old Norse text using the Latin script. Character pickers are especially useful for people who don't know a script well, as characters are displayed in ways that aid identification.
In addition to helping you to type Old Norse latin-based text, the picker allows you to automatically generate phonetic and runic transcriptions. These should be used with caution! The phonetic transcriptions are only intended to be a rough guide, and real-life runic text is often highly idiosyncratic, not to mention that it varies depending on the time period.
The runic transcription tools in this app produce runes of the Younger fuþark – used for Old Norse after the Elder and before the Medieval fuþarks. This transcription tool has its own idiosyncracies, that may not always match real-life usage of runes. One particular idiosyncracy is that the output always regularly conforms to the same set of rules, but others include the inability to produce things such as ligatures (bind-runes), and the decision not to remove homorganic nasals before certain following letters. More information about this is given below.
Note that there is also a Runic picker, which deals with conventional latin transliterations, and includes characters from a wider range of fuþarks.
To properly display the text you will need to choose a font that is loaded on your system or device. The font list indicates which fonts are standard for Mac (Snow Leopard/Lion) and Windows7.
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 HAMZA in their name, enter \bhamza\b, or the short form :hamza:.
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.
IPA transcriptionpanel provides characters you may need while typing in an IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) transcription from the keyboard.
<span class="uname">U+00FE LATIN SMALL LETTER THORN</span> (<span lang="non">þ</span>)
\bha\b(or the shortcut,
CC basecontrol 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.