15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Phonetic Symbols in Word Processing and on the Web

John C. Wells

University College London, UK

Unicode provides a single coding system for all scripts used in printing the languages of the world, and includes the entire International Phonetic Alphabet. A standard Unicode-based phonetic font is now routinely bundled with the software supplied for new personal computers. Unlike the situation four years ago, most current browsers, word-processing packages, fonts and printers support Unicode. These welcome developments render obsolete the unstandardized and proprietary phonetic fonts hitherto in use. They are, however, poorly documented and have not been widely publicized. Several Unicode-based phonetic fonts are now available, and are listed and compared. The main problem outstanding is keyboarding: how does the user get the symbols into a document? A range of practical solutions are suggested.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wells, John C. (2003): "Phonetic symbols in word processing and on the web", In ICPhS-15, 3105-3108.