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This blog contains information on ScriptSource development and direction, issues and ideas, and discussions of how to use ScriptSource most effectively.

  • Posted by Sharon Correll on 2016-12-13 04:28:50

    We have recently simplified the form that allows you to submit contributions to ScriptSource. The new form allows you to enter a title and simple text contents, hiding the more complicated information that you normally don't need to worry about.

    As previously, the contents can be formatted using some basic markup described here.

    When you use this simple form, we will supply default values for several of the meta-data fields:

    • The copyright will be simply the current year.
    • The license will be Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.
    • The contributor will be the person creating the entry.
    • The entry will be associated with whatever core item and subject area you were previously looking at (e.g., if you were looking at a list of fonts for the Bengali script, your entry will appear on that page).

    If you need to change any of these values, or add an image to your entry, you can toggle the extra controls by clicking on the gray bar:

    In addition to text entries, you can create entries with other kinds of information, such as:

    • video or audio file
    • file or document for download
    • link to a web page or software package
    • reference to a book or bibliographic resource
    • idea or question for others to comment on
    • description of a need for software, research, or development work

    To contribute this kind of information, click the link near the top of the page:

    We hope these changes will make it simplier and easier to add information to ScriptSource. We look forward to receiving your contributions!

    TopicsScriptSource Blog
  • Posted by Lorna Evans on 2016-09-08 04:22:24

    Recently, ScriptSource was updated to include the Character annotations from Unicode. These can be very helpful for people who want to know how a particular character is used.

    For example, the  Unicode chart for U+0292 gives us the following information:

    ScriptSource now displays the Character page for U+0292 this way:

    ScriptSource displays the Block Section description that the character is a part of. In the example above, we can see the IPA usage, the uppercase codepoint, and a language that uses this character in its orthography (Skolt Sami). Cross references are generally characters that have a similar glyph design. Note that any mention of another character contains a link to that character page on ScriptSource.

    In another example, the  Unicode chart for U+08BB gives us the following information:

    ScriptSource displays the Character page for U+08BB this way:

    In the example above, the "note" contains information on the glyph design of the character.

  • Posted by Lorna Evans on 2015-11-20 12:39:33

    The 39th Internationalization & Unicode Conference was held October 26-28, 2015. Sharon Correll and Lorna Evans presented a paper on new developments in ScriptSource in the past few years.

    The PDF below is of the slides and notes for the presentation.

    Download "S11-T1-Correll-Evans.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 7MB [ downloads]
    TopicsScriptSource Blog
  • Posted by Sharon Correll on 2015-02-10 10:16:46

    One of the issues involved in developing a web site like ScriptSource is the need to be able to display unusual characters from lots of different scripts. Finding the right font to use to show each character can be a challenge.

    Normally, when you look at a web page in your Internet browser, the browser will try to find the best font that is installed on your computer. If the font with the exact name is not present on your computer, it will try to find a second-choice font or one with a similar style. This is not a good approach for unusual scripts, because very often there is not an appropriate font present on the user's computer. For instance, very few users have a font already installed that can display Limbu, N'Ko, or even Ethiopic.

    TopicsWeb Fonts | ScriptSource Blog
  • Posted by Martin Raymond on 2014-09-22 04:21:06

    ScriptSource attempts to include information on all the world’s scripts, characters and languages, not just the well-known ones. However each year some lesser-known languages die out, and there is a danger that the documentation of those languages dies out too, unless steps are taken to preserve it. Even well-known languages can lose valuable historical records and archives unless steps are taken to preserve them.

    The  Endangered Archives Programme, administered by the British Library, was set up 10 years ago “to contribute to the preservation of archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide”. Their online collections now contain over three million images, including some beautiful illustrations of the world’s scripts.

    A recent project was the digitisation of thousands of Tangut manuscripts, dating from the 12th and early 13th centuries, housed in the St Petersburg collection, the largest collection of Tangut manuscripts in the world.

    TopicsScriptSource Blog
    ScriptsSundanese [Sund] | Tangut [Tang]

Previous Posts

  • Death of Nastaliq?

    priestla | 2014-09-11 03:51:24

  • The acquisition of a writing system

    stephanie_holloway | 2014-08-28 09:27:19

  • Where do upper- and lower case come from? (Part 2 of 2)

    stephanie_holloway | 2014-08-26 11:22:00

  • Improvements in editing ScriptSource contributions

    sharoncorrell | 2014-08-20 09:49:20

  • Where do upper- and lower case come from? (Part 1 of 2)

    stephanie_holloway | 2014-08-07 04:36:56

  • Book review - Developing Orthographies for Unwritten Languages

    stephanie_holloway | 2014-04-30 11:25:07

  • An introduction to the IPA and how to type it

    stephanie_holloway | 2014-02-26 10:16:21

  • The code that took fifty years to break

    stephanie_holloway | 2013-08-29 04:49:00

  • Cellphones: The Future of the Past?

    stephanie_holloway | 2013-07-24 08:19:00

  • Graphemes and phonemes

    sharoncorrell | 2013-07-19 15:25:00

  • Boustrophedon

    raymondmj | 2013-06-27 10:23:00

  • Languages, scripts, and writing systems

    sharoncorrell | 2013-06-12 13:05:00

  • Introducing SIL's Locale Data repository

    raymondmj | 2012-11-15 08:43:00

  • Using CLDR info in ScriptSource

    raymondmj | 2012-10-12 11:48:00

  • Unicode Status in ScriptSource

    priestla | 2012-04-12 04:20:00

  • New ScriptSource features - comments & discussions

    gaultney | 2012-03-16 10:37:00

  • Letters from ancient mariners

    stephanie_holloway | 0000-00-00 00:00:00

  • Unicode information on ScriptSource

    priestla | 0000-00-00 00:00:00

  • Using RSS feeds

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