Script & character information

Updated Wed 6 Sep 2016 • tags scripts, apps.

Follow the links on this page to find information about scripts and writing systems used around the world. I'm actively adding to the list, as time allows.

Links to more script-related articles are available from the main Docs page. This page selects a few documents that attempt to explain how scripts work in a way that is accessible to both the beginner and the script expert.

Script links

Choose a script to quickly locate information about it.

You can now also apply a rough filter for active, limited or historic use, and highlight recent or liturgical scripts.

Find characters used by a particular language, or languages that use a given non-ASCII character.

Notes summarising the key features of a given script or orthography.

Character-by-character notes for the Unicode script blocks listed below.

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, and comes with a set of interactive pages that explore the examples and scripts in the tutorial.

Arabic CyrillicDevanagariGreekHanHangulHebrewJapaneseLatinThaiTibetanWord wrap tester

Get information about key characteristics of a number of scripts. It is not intended to be exhaustively scientific, but the interactive table gives an idea of what scripts require what type of feature support.

Pickers are likely to be most useful if you don't know a script well enough to use the native keyboard. The arrangement of characters also makes it much more useable than a regular character map utility, and they may include characters from more than one block. However, pickers also provide transliteration and other tools, and can help analyse text strings.

Find links to more script-related articles on the main Docs page.

First published 2019. This version 2019-07-22 19:50 GMT.  •  Copyright Licence CC-By.