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As Yet Unsupported Scripts

Modern 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 red. See Proposed New Scripts for details.

  • Bassa Vah
  • Grantha
  • Loma
  • Mende Kikakui
  • Modi
  • Naxi Dongba (Moso)
  • Newar
  • Pahawh Hmong
  • Pau Cin Hau
  • Sutton SignWriting
  • Tirhuta (Maithili)
  • Warang Citi

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. For example, Hmong is commonly written with the Latin script.

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 Proposed New Scripts, and then contact the Unicode office. For information on the proposal process itself, please see Submitting New Characters or Scripts.

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 Unicode Scripts Research page. To participate in the project or for further information, contact the project leader, Deborah Anderson, via the Script Encoding 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 red.

  • Ahom
  • Anatolian Hieroglyphs
  • Balti-A and Balti-B
  • Caucasian Albanian
  • Chola
  • Cypro-Minoan
  • Duployan (shorthand)
  • Elbasan
  • Hatran
  • Jurchen
  • Khojki
  • Khudawadi (Sindhi)
  • Linear A
  • Landa
  • Mahajani
  • Manichaean
  • Marchen
  • Maya Hieroglyphs
  • Multani
  • Nabataean
  • Numidian
  • Nushu
  • Old Hungarian
  • Old North Arabian
  • Old Permic
  • Pahlavi, Book
  • Pahlavi, Psalter
  • Palmyrene
  • Pyu
  • Satavahana
  • Siddham
  • 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 Script Encoding Initiative web site.