This character picker allows you to produce or analyse runs of Runic text. 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. The font list indicates which fonts are standard for Mac (Snow Leopard/Lion) and Windows7.
Note that the Latin characters provided in this picker are for standard transliterations of runes, and you may need different characters to represent transcriptions into actual Old Norse or Anglo-Saxon, etc, text. (For that, see the Old Norse and Old English pickers.
Writing in runes is not an exact science. Actual runic text is subject to many variations dependent on chronology, location and the author's idiosyncracies. It should be particularly noted that the automated transcription tools provided with this picker are intended as aids to speed up transcription, rather than to produce accurate renderings of specific texts. The output may need to be tweaked to produce the desired results. It should also be noted that the transcription tools do not produce bind-runes (ie. ligated forms), since there is no way that i'm aware of to produce such in Unicode.
When working on an iPad or similar device, you should turn off Autofocus (just below the text area). 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
Various keyboard arrangements are available, providing access to runes used for the Elder Fuþark, Younger Fuþark (Long Branch and Short Twig variants), Medieval Fuþark, and Anglo-Saxon Fuþork. There is also a layout that includes the Latin characters used for transliterations of the runic text. Use the buttons below the keyboard to switch between these alternatives.