the other day i ...

26 October 2001

the other day i posted that two of the interesting character sets included in unicode were ogham and unified canadian aboriginal syllabics. it later occured to me i had no clue about either language.

ogham is the ancient alphabet of the celts. its name is derived from the name of the celtic god of literature. the main surviving examples of it are personal names written on boundary marking megaliths.

canadian aboriginal syllabics were developed from the ojibwe syllabary invented by james evans in 1840. they are used to write a number of canada’s indigenous languages including inuktitut, which is an eskimo-aleut language.