ScriptSource

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Welcome to ScriptSource! We hope you find it useful and interesting. Please contact us if you come across the following or any other problem:

  • Bright red error messages - please take a screenshot and send it with the URL of the page. If you use the Provide feedback link at the bottom of any page the page context will be included.
  • Factual errors - anything incorrect or misleading that you read on the site.
  • Visual display problems - either with how data is presented or the general visual design. Please include a screenshot and your operating system and browser version.
  • Misunderstanding in navigation or use - if you can't find something, or can't tell how to....
  • Obvious areas for improvement - especially if you have a suggestion on how to make the site work better.

Release Features

July 2013

New Features
  • Grapheme/Phoneme interface - We have added a new tab to writing system and character pages to show grapheme and phoneme information. Currently we only have data for a handful of languages, such as Spanish; if you can help us by providing grapheme and phoneme data for a language, please get in touch!

June 2013

New Features
  • Retired language codes - We have improved our presentation of retired ISO 639-3 language codes, so that the language page clearly indicates that the code has been retired and, where appropriate, includes a link to the replacement language page.
  • More fonts - We have extended our repertoire of fonts to give coverage for characters in almost every Unicode character block.

March 2013

New Features
  • Character List entry - We already display character lists for around 1000 languages. Now we have added a facility for you to submit character lists through ScriptSource.
  • Improved search function - We have enhanced the ScriptSource search function to disregard diacritics. So now, if you search for Bete, the search results will include Bété as well.
  • Transliteration - In response to a request for transliteration information, we have added a number of entries to provide transliteration information for major scripts.
  • Improved help resources - Under the ScriptSource Help topic you will find several new and updated documents. We have also introduced a new help icon on some pages.

September 2012

New Features
  • Case mappings - We have added case mappings to our ScriptSource character pages to make it easy to go between upper and lower case versions of the same character.
  • Language links - Every ScriptSource language page now contains links to at least five other websites, providing ready access to additional information on the language.
  • Keyboard links - We have teamed up with Keyman to provide links from our language and script pages to the appropriate Keyman keyboards.

May 2012

New Features
  • RSS feeds - We have begun adding RSS feeds to ScriptSource, starting with our blog pages.

March 2012 (Imprint)

New Features
  • Comments and conversations - You can now comment on any entry, source or need, and in real-time! This allows for ongoing conversations in response to a particular topic or contribution.
  • Discussions - Questions are now welcome! You can start a discussion on any script, character, language or topic, and others can provide answers through the new comment and conversation features.
  • Many additional scripts - We're up to 237 now, and reorganized our list of scripts to make browsing easier.
  • Refreshed, more task-oriented home page - We're making it even easier to find interesting and useful information on ScriptSource, and add your own contributions.
  • List of recent changes - The new home page also has a list of the most recent contributions, so you can see what's new.
  • Blogs - ScriptSource will be hosting a few blogs related to the site and complex script computing, so we now support a more blog-style presentation of entries on a topic. These will begin to appear soon, so stay tuned.

November 2011 (Haček)

New Features
  • Topics - It is now possible to add information to ScriptSource that is not associated with a particular script, character or language - but rather with a topic related to computing and writing systems.
  • Enhanced sources of data - This includes CLDR version 2.0, IPA and Phonetic Symbol Guide information, and updated versions of other resources.
  • More scripts - We've added almost 60 additional scripts to the site, and increased our links with the important Script Encoding Initiative.
  • Improved character graphics - These now have guidelines to show character baseline and general width information.
  • Cleaner code - Our HTML and CSS are significantly improved and should be even more robust on a variety of devices.

June 2011 (Gutenberg)

New Features
  • Public release - We're now open for browsing by the general public.
  • New help and guidance documents - There are many new tutorials, help pages and policy documents. Please give us feedback on these.
  • Refreshed home page - Welcome page is simpler, with new links and featured items.

May 2011 (Folio 3)

New Features
  • Improved stylesheets and interface - The general site design uses a more flexible interface, with more room for content. The default fonts used also cover a more extensive extended Latin character set.
  • Tabbed detail pages - New subject tabs add clearer and more obvious organization to page content.
  • Multiple word search - Multiple words can now be used when searching in order to more precisely filter the results.

March 2011 (Folio 2)

New Features
  • Adding information to the site is easier and more directed. Press the "Add to ScriptSource" button from any script, language or character page.
  • Script, language and character pages are better organized, with all information separated into eight main subjects. These subject subpages can also be directly linked and bookmarked.
  • Character use and sequence data has been added from the CLDR (Common Locale Data Repository). You can now find out which characters are required for a language and which languages use a particular character. although that information is limited to what is presently in the CLDR.
  • We're faster - pages render more quickly and the site feels snappier.
Known Issues

The following are known problems and shortcomings in the current release and do not need to be reported to us:

  • New page design is only applied to script, language and character pages
  • It's not currently possible to associate entries with a specific writing system
  • Representative graphics for characters show some oddities in display

December 2010 (Folio)

Since ScriptSource is only now being released to the public, everything is a new feature!

Known Issues

The following are known problems and shortcomings in the current release and do not need to be reported to us:

  • Most scripts are lacking sample images - graphics with licensing that allows reuse are rare. Please contribute some!
  • There are no character-language associations - this will be addressed in a future version.
  • There is no information on non-Unicode encodings - we've focused character encoding on Unicode, as it is the most important one now and in the future, but we do hope to support information on alternate 'legacy' encodings in the future.
  • Labels for source types are misspelled - they are abbreviated for now, but will be fixed soon.

Copyright © 2017 SIL International and released under the  Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license (CC-BY-SA) unless noted otherwise. Language data includes information from the  Ethnologue. Script information partially from the  ISO 15924 Registration Authority. Some character data from  The Unicode Standard Character Database and locale data from the  Common Locale Data Repository. Used by permission.