20-21 November 2021
Asia/Kuala_Lumpur timezone

Javanese Script In Gnome

21 Nov 2021, 18:00
GNOME Asia Summit 2021 (Online)

GNOME Asia Summit 2021


25 minutes presentation Track A


Javanese Script is one of Indonesia's traditional scripts developed on the island of Java. The script is primarily used to write the Javanese language, but in the course of its development has also been used to write several other regional languages such as Sundanese, Madurese, and Sasak; the lingua franca of the region, Malay; as well as the historical languages Kawi and Sanskrit.

Javanese script is one of the Brahmi descendants in Indonesia in which its evolutionary history can be traced fairly well due to the numerous inscriptional evidences that permitted epigraphical studies. The oldest root of the Javanese script is Indian Brahmi script which evolves into Pallava script in Southern India and Southeast Asia between 6th and 8th ce.

Javanese script was added to the Unicode Standard in October, 2009 with the release of version 5.2. The Unicode block for Javanese is U+A980–U+A9DF.

There is already a lot of documentation on how to type Javanese script in GNOME. However, the problems of "pasangan"/conjuncts is still often found. The Problem may be caused by font problems and applications that are not support with smart font technology from SIL Graphite.

On this occasion, I would like to share some of my experiences in typing Javanese script in Gnome. May be useful.

Level of Difficulty Beginner
Tracks Use of GNOME by Users
Author(s) Bio Head master of MTs NU ITB, Documentation team of BlankOn LInux 12 (Verbeek)

Primary author

Mr Faiq Aminuddin (MTs NU ITB)

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