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For questions about Unicode, a standard for all the characters of all writing systems of the world.

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What is the purpose of transliteration?

On the Wylie Tibetan Transliteration page (original paper), it says: Previous transcription schemes sought to split the difference with the result that they achieved neither goal perfectly. Wylie ...
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How do you translate academic runic encodings to runes (ᚠᚢᚦᚨᚱᚲ)?

I have not been able to find a single resource online that has (unicode encoded) Runic inscriptions like a full text of ᚠᚢᚦᚨᚱᚲ, or even a dictionary. This site lists some resources, most of which are ...
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How Hebrew Vowels Work [closed]

I am trying to find a document that clearly explains how to apply Hebrew vowels (and what all the combining characters are for Hebrew vowels), but I haven't been able to find anything after a few ...
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The letter “Ng” in Filipino/Tagalog and its Unicode value

In Wikipedia, the letter Ng is listed as one of the 28 letters of the Filipino alphabet. However, when I click on the link to go to Ng's page, I get to a list of digraphs. I'm not a linguist, but as ...
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“Character sets” for top 100 languages (as opposed to Unicode)

Searching "the number of languages" shows about ~7,000. However, Google Translate only has ~100 languages listed. That makes me wonder if the languages have a lot of overlapping/duplicated elements. ...
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Dotless noon (ں) gets a dot in non-final positions [closed]

How do I write this Arabic word in Unicode? I tried using the dotless noon (ں) but I got this: اںاںلںس Which is rendered with dots on my PC: When I try combining multiple dotless noons, they get ...
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What is the state of the art for diacritic restoration?

Diacritic restoration is a term for guessing the original form of a text, after it's been converted to ASCII in a lossy way. In Lingála, for example, writing in ASCII merges two pairs of vowels and ...
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Unicode point for Alef with a cap above?

How can the first letter of this word be represented in Unicode? What is this sign called?
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direct object and indirect object [closed]

Which is the direct object and which is the indirect object in the following sentence? The school has given David's proposal serious consideration. I think that "David's proposal" is the indirect ...
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Unicode points for Arabic dotless letters

I am looking for a Unicode equivalent of an Arabic word featuring dotless letters FEH and NOON: This is to mimic a handwriting style that doesn't use dots. I've found: ARABIC LETTER DOTLESS FEH (U+...
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Are there any scripts which have more than 127 characters?

This is not a question about software or tools. Please don't comment if you think that's what I'm asking about. Parsing Unicode-encoded text is a major pain for a software developer, so I thought ...
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How many Arabic(-derived) alphabets exist?

I would like to know, besides Modern Standard Arabic as spoken in Egypt, how many distinct Arabic alphabets (I assume each Arabic-speaking country will have its own Arabic alphabet, with a lot of ...
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Creating Unicode Characters for new language

I recently developed a new language with a perfect script, grammar and vocabulary. I even prepared a dictionary for it. Now, I would like to type my language on my laptop in its native script. For ...
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creaky voice unicode character tilde below with vowels

Does anyone know whether there are combined unicode characters for vowels with tilde below? I could only find them for ḛ (U+1E1B), ḭ (U+1E2D), and ṵ (U+1E75) but not for any other vowels. I'm not ...
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Which writing script can represent all human sounds?

Being a Nepali language speaker, I can easily produce most sounds in Devanagari script as every letter has the same sound despite the place of use. But there may be many sounds that are not ...
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What is the Mongolian vowel separator for?

I've heard of the Mongolian vowel separator from programmers, who regard it as an interesting quirk in Unicode. When I google for it, most of the hits are from those revelling in its geekiness. But ...
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Language-dependent glyphs other than CJK?

For those not familiar with Han unification, Unicode uses the same codepoints to encode CJK characters as used in Chinese and Japanese, even when they look slightly different. This has spurred some ...
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unicode symbol(s) for a long syllable in a Latin text

I want to write the following line (Ovid, Metamorphoses, X.30) with its metric peculiarity : per Chaos hoc ingēns uāstīque silentia rēgnī (something like : By this huge void and these vast and ...