How to submit a constructed script to Omniglot

If you have invented a new alphabet or other writing system and would like me to add it to this site, first send me a sample text and a bit of information about your script. If your alphabet looks good and really appeals to me, I will consider adding it to Omniglot.

Please note: only conlangs written with interesting and attractive invented scripts will be considered for inclusion on this site.

I will consider adding alphabets adapted for languages not normally written with them, e.g. English in the Arabic script, or Mandarin in the Korean script. See: Adaptations of existing alphabets for natural languages.

The address to write to is: My email address

If I like your sample text, please send me the following:

  • Alphabet name - the name of your alphabet in the alphabet itself, e.g. New Maori
  • Background blurb - why you invented the alphabet, which language(s) it can be used to write, how it works, what you modelled it on, etc. Please write this in the third person, i.e. "the Blah alphabet was invented by Joe Bloggs ...", rather than, "I invented the Blah alphabet ...".
  • Notable features - the type of writing system (eg alphabet, syllabary, abjad), the direction of right, the language(s) that can be written with, and any other interesting features.
  • Alphabet chart - an illustration of the alphabet showing the letters, their names (if they have them) and the sounds they represent - ideally using the IPA. Here's an online IPA keyboard. You could use this alphabet chart template for this, if you want.
  • Sample text - ideally article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but other samples are fine.
  • a font for your alphabet (if you have one)
  • any other information you think relevant

Please provide any notes related to your script in text format, not as part of images. Typing the notes and sending them by email is the best way to do this.

Please save images in GIF format (maximum width 600px) and try to make to file size as small as possible. JPGs are also acceptable but GIFs are better for images with few colours. If you don't have a graphics program on your computer you could an online graphics program, and you can use this online image optimizer to reduce the file size of images.

If you're unable to create images using a graphics program, you can write out your script by hand, then scan it or take a digital photo of it. I suggest you adapt one of the templates in this Excel spreadsheet: Alphabet chart template (Excel, 22K). Please try to write neatly.

Please note: I don't add every alphabet I receive to this site - only the ones that really appeal to me. If I decide not to add your alphabet please don't be downhearted. I encourage you to think creatively about the shapes of letters and other symbols, the ways they fit together, the sounds they represent and the overall look of your script, as well as the way it's presented.

Ask yourself whether you'd be happy to have your alphabet and/or texts in it on your wall. Perhaps you could do this to see how it looks, or even it put it up on a public notice board and watch how people react to it.

The less work I have to do to add your script on my site, the more likely I'll do so.

You can also submit your alphabets to:
http://www.omniglot.com/forum/
http://www.langmaker.com
http://conscripts.s4.bizhat.com/conscripts.html

Links

Other sites featuring constructed scripts
http://www.evertype.com/standards/csur/
http://idrani.perastar.com/ISMS_orthography.htm

Some advice on creating alphabets
http://www.zompist.com/kitlong.html#alphabets

Free online image and photo editors
http://www.online-image-editor.com
http://www.splashup.com
http://www.imageeditor.net
http://www.onlinephototool.com http://www.picnik.com
http://www.myimager.com
http://www.fotor.com

Free and shareware image editing software
http://www.tucows.com
http://www.download.com
http://www.shareware.com

Tutorials on creating images for the web
http://www.widearea.co.uk/designer/

Software for creating/editing fonts
http://users.breathe.com/l-emmett/
http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/
http://www.fontlab.com

Fontstruct - free, easy to use, online font creation tool
http://fontstruct.fontshop.com

Font Image Generator - turn your handwriting in a font
http://www.yourfonts.com
http://www.cheapfontgenerator.com

Software for generating keyboard layouts
http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/msklc.mspx
http://www.tavultesoft.com/keyman/

Neographies forum, a place to discuss constructed alphabets
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/neographies/

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Other writing systems

Abjads, Alphabets, Syllabic alphabets, Syllabaries, Semanto-phonetic writing systems, Undeciphered scripts, Alternative writing systems, Constructed scripts, A-Z index, Direction index, Languages by writing system, Languages by family, Language index