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Glyphotext 1.0 User manual

The Glyphotext Library

The Glyph library is a fundamental module in Glyphotext. It contains all the hieroglyphic elements available for text creation, thus allowing you to identify the glyphs, and then insert them in your texts.

The library is found in the left section of Glyphotext interface.



Library layout

The Glyph library actually includes 3 types of elements, available for your text editing :

  1. the glyphs
  2. the phonemes
  3. basic group signs

Each of these 3 basic types are hierarchically divided into multiple sub-categories, which organize the elements according to their own characteristics.

For the glyphs, the most important sub-lists are of course the Categories (according to Gardiner : from A to Z, Aa plus some uncategorizable), and the Sub-categories, which refine classification according to what the glyphs represent. The glyphs are also classified according to their geometrical form (Forms and Primitives).


As for the phonemes of the library, they work like aliases for glyph codes. The phonemes contribute to increasing your productivity when you type, since they work more closely to the natural language. (Example: typing the phoneme ra,the glyph N5 is rendered).

Phoneme sub-lists are defined according to the number of consonants, following here standard classification : uniliteral, biliteral, triliteral and quadriliteral signs.

After that come the basic groups, which is a list of predefined groups used by Glyphotext.

Informations about a glyph

When a glyph is selected in the library, the lower panel of the library section shows information relative to this glyph, that is to say: its code, its description, one or more references to text sources where the glyph is used, as well as words in transliteration associated with the glyph.

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How to work with the library

The sub-lists of the library are presented in a hierarchical menu which is spread in the same way that the standard menus under Windows are (just like the Start Menu). Simply press 1 of the 3 buttons which give access to the basic types (Glyphes, Phonemes or Groups), and the sub-lists will show.

Tips: The most frequent lists can also be accessed by pressing one of the following function keys:

Key List shown
F2 Categories (Gardiner)
F3 Sub-categories
F4 Phonemes
F5 Groups

Inserting an element (glyph or group) in your text

Several methods can be used to insert an element of the library into your text (window LPDH) :

Of course, you can also directly type the element code in the LPDH window.

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Functions and options of the library

In order to facilitate the use of the Library, Glyphotext enables you to modify its behavior. Thus the following control buttons are available in the library toolbar :

Insert the code of the selected element at the cursor position in the LPDH window.
Show the zoom window (to see enlarged graphic of the element).
Add a selected glyph to your Personal list.
Modify the graphic size of the displayed elements.
Modify the order of sorting of the listed elements.
Toggle (on or off) the Standard glyphs filter (works only for glyph listings)

The library has also a contextual menu (shown by right-clicking the mouse) which can carry the commands listed above.

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