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Links: Writing

Writing systems

Bibliography of Alphabets & Writing Systems

Evolution of Alphabets

Ancient Scripts of the World - an excellent introduction to many ancient alphabets and other writing systems:

History of writing - images illustrating the development of writing from ancient times to the present:

Alphabets - Le site de tous les alphabets (en français)

L'aventure des écritures (en français)

Alphabets des langues africaines (alphabets of African languages)

Alfabetos de Ayer y de Hoy (en español)

Kallos Graphein - information about the history and development of writing and calligraphy (auf Deutsch):

Alte Schriften - information about writing systems (auf Deutsch)

Exotische Schriften lernen - lessons in the Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and German Sutterlin handwriting: (auf Deutsch) (in English)

Abecedaria - a blog about keyboarding in diverse scripts, literacy and digital literacy, and random quotes selected from the history of writing system theory

Philippine leaf - a site about ancient Philippine scripts

Grierson's Linguistic Survey of India

Lessing B. Rosenwald Digital Collection at the US Library of Congress

Tanjung Tanah manuscript, a book of laws from the late fourteenth century, written in a Sumatran post-Kawi script closely related to Javanese/Balinese:

Hindi Rinny - samples of typography and sometimes handwriting in various scripts of India

World handwriting samples collection

Histry of Hand Writing

Linguo-Graphic - colour-based adapations of alphabets and other writing-related images

World Spelling Alphabets

SightWords - free resources to teach your child to read

books   Books about writing systems



Transliteration of Non-Roman Scripts

linguos - a way to search for information in non-Roman scripts using Latin transliteration

Transliterators: Latin - Cyrillic, Georgian, Greek, etc

Transliteration between the Arabic, Armenian, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Korean, Latin and Thai alphabets:

Google transliteration between the Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Latin alphabets

Transliteration and spell checkers for Armenian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Russian and Ukrainian:

Thai to English transliteration

Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Latin transliterator

CyrAcademisator - transliteration and transcription tool for Russian texts

Alibata transliterator (Latin alphabet to the Tagalog script)

Hindi transliteration

Aksharamukha Asian Script Converter

Nepali transliterator - type in Romanized Nepali and convert it to Devanagari

Latin alphabets for non-latin-writing languages

English > Tengwar (Sindarin, Quenya, etc)

Information about Tengwar | More links for Tolkien's alphabets and languages


Online input for various writing systems

These are sites that enable you to type in a various writing systems using online virtual keyboards.

Virtual keyboards and conversation for a variety of languages

i2Type - international on-screen language keyboard

Multi Language Virtual Keyboard (Arabic, Armenian, Devanagari, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Tamil, Thai):

TypeIt: Virtual Multi Language Keyboard (European languages from Czech to Welsh, plus Esperanto and the IPA):

Lipikaar - type in 15 languages of India

Lipik - text input and web searching in Mandarin, Vietnamese, Hindi, Telugu, etc.

Virtual Hebrew keyboard

Online Russian keyboard


Text to Speech (TTS)

AT&T Text to Speech for English (US/UK), French, German and Spanish

Sinovoice - Text to Speech for Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese



The National Archives | Palaeography tutorial (how to read old handwriting)

Byzantine Paleography

Medieval Writing

Medieval Latin Paleography

Medieval and Early-Modern Paleography

English Handwriting 1500-1700


Alternative writing/notation systems

Details of a Proto-Bulgarian script which was used before Glagolitic or Cyrillic

Sutton Movement Writing - a system for representing any kind of body movement, including the movements of dance, mime, sports, body language and animals

Elephant's Memory - An Interactive Visual Language

Phonetic picture writing, by Leonhard Heinzmann

Universal Picture Language

Media Glyphs - an attempt to produce a common writing system for the world

Earth Language - a writing system made up of ideograms and phonetics based on nature

Unideo - a picto/ideographic writing system (en français)

Brasseur Universal Code - a system of symbolic logic characters

Many different writing systems created by Trent M. Pehrson


Miscellaneous writing-related sites

Character finder - a site where you can find out which accented letters or other characters are used in which language(s), and other useful information about characters, fonts and unicode:

The book and the Computer - The Future of the Printed Word (in English & Japanese)

The Alphabet Synthesis Machine - generates alphabets and lets you turn them into fonts

Mots et merveilles des langues d'ici et d'ailleurs

Lorem Ipsum - random text generator for a variety of languages

Free Word Count tool

Scripts of the World - a widget for the Opera browser that enable you to type in just about any writing system:

Tim Brooke's Endangered Alphabets Project

The New Post-literate: A Gallery Of Asemic Writing


A History of Punctuation

Punctuation on Wikipedia


Writing (books, etc.)

Writing.Com - the online community for writers and readers of all ages and interests

The Writing Journey - Creative writing discovery courses

A to Z Writing - links to sites about writing, writing systems, etc

The Write Way - Professional English Writing Courses

The Writing Journey - Creative writing discovery courses

Information and helpful tips on how to inspire your children enjoy reading and writing

Information about authors and their literary works

Library of articles about writing

BookBoardz - a forum about book publishing