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From: James Souttar <ancient-AT-urizen.com>
Date: 13 Mar 2004 12:14:19 UTC   (12:14:19 PM in author's locale)
To: "The Graphics List" <graphics-AT-lists.graphicslist.org>
I just wanted to mention a truly fantastic website I've just
discovered - the kind of thing that restores my faith in this medium.

The site is www.ominglot.com and it contains a comprehensive list of
the world's various writing systems. Each has its own page, which
gives a good potted history of the writing system in question, tells
you what languages it is used to write, shows the complete alphabet
(with the names and phonetic equivalents of the glyphs), has a sample
text with transliteration and translation, provides links to places
one can download free fonts for that script system as well as links
to resources on the languages it is used for.

If, like me, you're fascinated by the character palette in Panther -
with all the fantastic writing systems that Apple now bundle with the
system - this is a brilliant complement. I had no idea what
'Deseret' might be, for instance - I'd never heard of this curious
alphabet which Apple obligingly provides. Turns out it was invented
by the Mormons...

What's more, the site seems to have been created by just one person.

James

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