This test page serves as a place to check a browser’s Unicode and font support for the various Baybayin script variants in the Philippines. There are different test cases to cover as many possible issues that may arise or were encountered.
Please note that I am using CSS @font-face to display these Unicode scripts. It ensures that you will see the scripts even if you do not have a Unicode-compliant font installed in your computer.
However, if you attempt to copy-and-paste these examples elsewhere, say in a social network service like Facebook or Twitter, it may display as boxes or circles if you do not have a proper/pure Unicode-compliant font installed.
Barabara Webfont Test
The Barabara font is a typography based on jeepney signboards and sari-sari store boards in the Philippines.
- Nanay’s Sari-sari Store
- Biyaheng Langit
ᜆ ᜄ ᜎᜓᜄ᜔ ᜊᜌ᜔ (Tagalog Script) ᜊᜌᜒᜈ᜔
ᜉ ᜆᜒ (Vowel) ᜈᜒᜄ᜔
ᜃ ᜆᜒ (Consonant) ᜈᜒᜄ᜔
ᜇ ᜵ ᜵ ᜃᜓᜇ᜔ ᜎᜒᜆ᜔ ᜵ ᜊᜒ ᜇ ᜋ ᜵ ᜀᜆ᜔ ᜉ ᜋᜓᜇ᜔ (Da, Ra, Kudlit, Virama, and Pamudpod) ᜉᜓᜇ᜔
ᜆ ᜄ ᜎᜓᜄ᜔ (Tagalog Da/Ra) ᜇ
In Tagalog, Da and Ra use the same Tagalog script which is ᜇ. This is how it looks like combined with the Tagalog script diacritical marks.
The Curious Case of
However, there are moves to introduce a separate
ᜱ ᜨᜳ ᜨᜳ ᜢ ᜪᜬ᜴ (Hanunóo Script) ᜪᜬᜲᜨ᜴
ᜧ ᜵ ᜭ ᜵ ᜣᜳᜧ᜴ ᜮᜲᜦ᜴ ᜵ ᜠᜦ᜴ ᜩ ᜫᜳᜧ᜴ (Da, Ra, Kudlit, and Pamudpod) ᜩᜳᜧ᜴
ᝊᝓ ᝑᝒᝇ᜴ ᝊᝌ᜴ (Buhid Script) ᝊᝌᝒᝈ᜴
ᝇ ᜵ ᝍ ᜵ ᝃᝓᝇ᜴ ᝎᝒᝆ᜴ ᜵ ᝀᝆ᜴ ᝉ ᝋᝓᝇ᜴ (Da, Ra, Kudlit, and Pamudpod) ᝉᝓᝇ᜴
ᝦᝤ᜴ ᝪᝨ᜴ ᝯ ᝪᝬ᜴ (Tagbanwa Script) ᝪᝬᝲᝨ᜴
ᝧ ᜵ ᝣᝳᝧ᜴ ᝮᝲᝦ᜴ ᜵ ᝠᝦ᜴ ᝩ ᝫᝳᝧ᜴ (Da, Kudlit, and Pamudpod) ᝩᝳᝧ᜴
Modern Kulitan (Kulitan Script) and other scripts
There are also other scripts in the Philippines but most, if not all, does not have a proposal to be included in Unicode. In other words, we can not use these scripts online. Yes, there is a workaround but this is highly NOT recommended (I can not stress that enough). One major reason, there is absolutely zero guarantee other people will see this script.
What can be done?
Submit a proposal to the Unicode Consortium to have these scripts added in a future release version of Unicode. Then and only then can we truly use these scripts. Until then, the official Philippines scripts are: Buhid Baybayin, Hanunóo Baybayin, Tagbanwa Baybayin, and Tagalog Baybayin only.
Baybayin for Websites
You can learn how to properly display Baybayin scripts by reading The LANG Attribute.
Baybayin for Desktop
You can type Tagalog Baybayin, Hanunóo Baybayin, Buhid Baybayin, and Tagbanwa Baybayin, using your keyboard today! Simply download PH-UKL-v2.0.1-Baybayin_pack (Windows). It does not include the needed fonts to display these writing scripts. Check the wiki for fonts you can download.
- Barabara font by It’s More Fun in the Philippines, can be freely used in any way for whatever purpose according to representatives of the Department of Tourism.