As Yet Unsupported Scripts
The following scripts in current use in living communities are
not yet supported in Unicode. Extensions to Unicode (and ISO/IEC
10646) which will address the needs of these scripts are being
developed and evaluated by both the
Unicode Technical Committee and by ISO JTC1/SC2/WG2.
Scripts in this list which already have advanced proposals accepted
and in the ISO balloting process are shown in
Proposed New Scripts for
- Naxi Dongba (Moso)
- Newa (Nepaalalipi, Newaa)
Other minor modern scripts not yet encoded in the Unicode Standard are listed on the Roadmap to the SMP.
Even though Unicode doesn't yet support these scripts, some of
the languages which employ them are also commonly written with other
scripts that are supported by Unicode.
If you would like further information about the status of the
research on these scripts, or would like to contribute information
to this area, please study any existing proposal listed at
Scripts, and then
contact the Unicode office. For information on the proposal
process itself, please see
Submitting Character Proposals.
A project at UC Berkeley, the
Script Encoding Initiative
(SEI), supports work on proposals for both modern and historic
scripts that are unencoded. The project also collects information on
these scripts, which can be found on SEI's
Scripts Research page. To participate in the project or for further information, contact the project leader,
Deborah Anderson, via the
Initiative web site.
Archaic and Obsolete Scripts
In addition to the above modern scripts, a number of archaic or
"dead" scripts (or obsolete written forms of modern languages) are
not yet supported. These include, but are not limited to scripts in
the following list. Scripts in this list which already have advanced
proposals accepted and in the ISO balloting process are shown in
- Balti-A and Balti-B
- Masaram Gondi
- Maya Hieroglyphs
- Pahlavi, Book
- Tangut (Xi Xia)
- Zanabazar Square
Other minor historic scripts not yet encoded in the Unicode
Standard are listed on the
Roadmap to the SMP.
The Script Encoding Initiative project at UC Berkeley supports research and work on proposals for unencoded historic scripts. For further information, contact
Deborah Anderson via the
Initiative web site.