This page provides information about the characteristics of the script used to write English. It is not intended to be exhaustively scientific – merely to give a basic idea of the essential features of the script.

Click on the orange text in the features list (right column) to see examples and notes. Click on highlighted text in the Sample section to see the characters.

Sample (English)

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Justification is done, principally, by adjusting the space between words. (High-end systems may also adjust inter-character spacing slightly if inter-word doesn't resolve the issue, or to improve aesthetics.)

You can justify the text in the Sample section using this control.

Character list

The Latin script characters in Unicode 7.0 are spread across 8 blocks (not counting the phonetic blocks):

The following is an incomplete list of languages and the number of characters they use, per version 26 of CLDR's lists of characters (exemplarCharacters).

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Content first published 2012. This version 2014-10-20 21:17 GMT