Egyptological Hieroglyph Plugin

Hieroglyphs are specified using the format [hieroglyph]anx[hieroglyph] – replace anx with the Gardiner code or mnemonic for the glyph you want.

Egyptological Hieroglyph has been designed with efficiency in mind.  It parses Manuel de Codage and caches images built from a font file (New Gardiner © Mark-Jan Nederhof), with some manual additions.  Further development is intended, but at present it can handle:

  • the Gardiner sign list illustrated on this site, using Gardiner codes of the mnemonic alternatives shown in the tables
  • compound glyphs build from multiple cadrats (smaller, atomic component images) using the * and : separators to place cadrats beside or above one another respectively
  • cadrat groups, like p:(t:Z4):pt
  • basic cartouches and serekhs
  • the – glyph separator (for horizontal text), and ! for new lines
  • rotation and mirroring of glyphs
  • shading to indicate damage
  • vertical and horizontal (left to right) display
  • display within tramline borders
  • black and red glyphs

The use  is explained in the User Guide.

It cannot presently handle:

  • fancy cartouches ad hawt groups
  • any change of scale (because that would break the efficiency)
  • latin (i.e. English) text within the output
  • ligatures
  • display of missing glyphs

Kate Phizackerley developed the Egyptological Hieroglyph plugin as a replacement for WP-Hiero, which was consequently obsoleted.  Efficiency and layout have both been improved.  Although the layout still is not quite perfect, for hieroglyphs produced dynamically online, this might be the best that is feasible without compromising efficiency too badly. At present this plugin is not available for download, Kate is presently intends to make it available at a later date.  If you are intersted in future development or known bugs, please consult the Future Development page.


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