Thursday, May 19, 2011

Celebrate Unicode 6.0 with Cuneiform Fonts!

The ancient clay tablets still hold many secrets, but they made the foundations of written language. Now, 5400 years after the clay hardened, Unicode has solidified with the Cuneiform Composite 1001 fonts to provide beautiful essays written in the symbols from The Cradle of Civilization: Iraq. Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 4 are the browsers of choice in 2012 for using Cuneiform Composite 1001 fonts. We will explore the Unicode UTF-8, UTF-16 and UTF-32 encodings. There are 879 characters in Unicode, plus 102 numbers and punctuation.

Here are 26 characters that look like an English Latin alphabet using the Firefox 4 browser with the font installed in c:/windows/fonts. But Chrome shows a blank.

𒀀 𒁀 𒉒 𒁓 𒀾 𒁕 𒂝 𒂠 𒁹 𒂚 𒁐 𒁇 𒁈 𒁑 𒄆 𒄍 𒁲 𒆧 𒈝 𒂡 𒌋 𒃻 𒉼 𒀭 𒁁 𒃱

The "Story" page can be read using these 26 characters because they are similar to Latin characters. The title of the story is "Cookie Crumbles". It has no space between letters and one space between words.

The "Short Story" has a space between each letter and big dot Cuneiform glyph between each word, for better readability. The short story is entitled "Hot Brass". Load the font, use Firefox, enjoy.

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