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Fonts

The following fonts are available:

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Maraille
a Latin transcription of Verdurian and other Almean languages such as Cadhinor. This font follows the encoding of the "Maraille" TrueType font that Mark made. It includes single glyphs for sounds such as dh, which are often rendered with two letters in iso-8859-1-based HTML.
Verdurian
a Verdurian font based on the "Verdurian" TrueType font that Mark made. This font has the same character set and encoding as the "Maraille" font, but uses a Verdurian font. For example, the letter represented in Latin transcription by "C" looks like an "X" in this font, since that is how it is written in Verdurian.
Eleisa
a font that is based on the "Eleisa Normal" TrueType font that Mark made. This font can be used for displaying Cuzi text. The Cuzi writing system was used as the base for the Cadhinor writing system, which in turn was expanded slightly when it was used for Verdurian. The upper-case letters in this font represent an older form of the writing system (more pictographic, and lacking a separate letter forms for voiced consonants or diacritics for long or low vowels).
Latin 1
This is just a font with Latin-1 (iso-8859-1) encoding.

Input languages

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Verdurian
This is the most generic language setting and will often give decent results for other languages, including Kebreni.
Isman
This language setting is nearly the same as Verdurian, except for the treatment of (i-circumflex).
Cadhinor
Use this language setting when writing Cadhinor. The main difference between the settings "Cadhinor" and "Verdurian" is the treatment of the letter H.
Old Cadhinor
This setting automatically capitalises all input, reflecting the fact that Cadhinor historically used a monocase alphabet. However, many later texts were written with mixed capitalisation, following the Verdurian model. If you want to write "classical" Cadhinor and don't want to capitalise every word by hand, you can select this setting.
Cuzi
This setting is used for Cuzi. Among other things, it reflects the fact that the Cuzi font "Eleisa" has a different encoding than "Maraille" or "Verdurian", so it translates letters to different code points in some cases. It also allows you to type long vowels by adding a colon behind the vowel. This input setting will automatically lower-case all letters of your input, which means that you will get more modern letterforms when using the "Eleisa" font.
Old Cuzi
This setting is similar to the one above, except that input is transformed to upper case, which means that you will get older, more pictographic letterforms when using the "Eleisa" font.
raw
No transformation at all is done on input. This means that characters you input will result in whatever glyph is at that position in the font you choose. If you know the encoding of a font, you can use this to access glyphs that you may not know the transliteration of.

What difference does it make which language I select?

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Here is a short table comparing the most important differences between the languages Verdurian, Isman, Cadhinor, and Old Cadhinor. You will probably want to use a graphical browser that displays inline PNGs to see the full difference.

Input i^ h kh h'
Language
Verdurian i-breve i-breve i-circumflex i-circumflex Verdurian h Verdurian h Verdurian h = Cadhinor kh Verdurian h = Cadhinor kh Cadhinor h or Kebreni h' Cadhinor h or Kebreni h'
Isman i-circumflex i-circumflex i-breve i-breve Verdurian h Verdurian h erdurian h = Cadhinor kh erdurian h = Cadhinor kh Cadhinor h or Kebreni h' Cadhinor h or Kebreni h'
Cadhinor i-breve i-breve i-circumflex i-circumflex Cadhinor h Cadhinor h Cadhinor kh = Verdurian h Cadhinor kh = Verdurian h Cadhinor h Cadhinor h
Old Cadhinor upper-case i-breve upper-case i-breve upper-case i-circumflex upper-case i-circumflex upper-case Cadhinor h upper-case Cadhinor h upper-case Cadhinor kh = upper-case Verdurian h upper-case Cadhinor kh = upper-case Verdurian h upper-case Cadhinor h upper-case Cadhinor h

As you can see from the table, it is possible to generate any of the "variant" characters in any language; the difference is only in which input characters are required. For example, i-breve is very common in Verdurian. However, there is no i-breve character in Latin-1, so i-circumflex was used instead. In order to reach the i-circumflex character in Verdurian (used, for example, in foreign words), the two-character sequence "i^" (i, circumflex) has to be typed. However, in Isman, i-circumflex is common and i-breve is not, so the mapping was switched so that the more common character can be accessed in an easier manner.

Similarly with Verdurian and Cadhinor: "h" means something different in those two languages, so a different letter results. However, what Verdurian calls "h" can be accessed in Cadhinor by typing "kh" (since the Cadhinor letter "kh" was later pronounced "h", before it was dropped completely in standard Verdurian pronunciation), and what Cadhinor calls "h" can be accessed in Verdurian by typing "h'" (h, apostrophe), since that letter is also used in Kebreni for what is transliterated h-with-acute. (An artefact of the work-around is that the Maraille font will display that letter as h-acute, which is not standard Cadhinor transliteration. Hence, one should use the Cadhinor input language when typing in Cadhinor words.)

And here is a table comparing Cuzi and Old Cuzi input:

Input f F v c g k a: A: o
Language
Cuzi f f f f v v c c g g k k o o
Old Cuzi F F F F F F C C C C C C A A A A E E E E I I U U

As you can see, upper and lower case is not distinguished, and old Cuzi strips vowel and consonant distinctions (normal/low/long for vowels; voiced/unvoiced for consonants).

General comments

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HTML entities are supported in input. So if it's difficult for you to type, for example, or , you can also type á or ö and the results will be the same. Exception: the "raw" input language does not do HTML entity decoding.

Encoding of the Verdurian and Maraille fonts

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Because of the large size of the table, and the number of images, this has been moved to a separate page.


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