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phonemic alphabet with microsoft word

 
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melonhead



Joined: 07 Mar 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 2:42 pm    Post subject: phonemic alphabet with microsoft word Reply with quote

hello
I'm just getting into computers and I want to write some stuff using the phonemic alphabet. Could someone out there tell me how to do this with microsoft word.

Thanks for your help
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Lorikeet



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a look here

http://www.sil.org/computing/fonts/encore-ipa.html

and if that doesn't work, do a search on Google for IPA font.
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wjserson



Joined: 14 May 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, if I'm on the right track here, I usually take the long way: click on 'insert', go down to 'symbol' and finally make sure the 'font' box states 'Andale Mono IPA' (IPA = International Phonetic Alphabet). You'll find almost all your options available right here. For vowels with the different lines above them, change from 'Andale Mono IPA' to 'norml text'.

I'm unaware of another shorter method but I hope you can make sense of it. I use Word 2000 so I hope all my details are helpful even if you're not using the same version.

Good Luck
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Lorikeet



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2004 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have that font available. Did it come with your Microsoft Word, or did you download and add it? The only IPA fonts I've seen have been added.
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wjserson



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2004 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It came with it. I never added or uploaded anything to it.

Hope Melonhead has more success
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Duncan Powrie



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you guys think of the ASCII alternatives to IPA given on antimoon.com's website?
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melonhead



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 5:26 pm    Post subject: sorted Reply with quote

Thanks for all your help. My version of office 97 didn't have any IPA fonts.

I managed to download everything from

http://www.sil.org/computing/fonts/encore-ipa.html

It looks like its all there, I'll try using them with keyman sometime this week.

Thanks again
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Anton



Joined: 18 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:04 pm    Post subject: UNICODE: A much better alternative than SIL Encore Reply with quote

SIL's fonts were a good option in times fonts were one-byte (256-character-) sized. Now I prefer to stick to an internatinal standard (Unicode) rather than use proprietary codepages (e.g. SIL). The advantage of Unicode fonts is that they are likely to last for a much longer time than any proprietary format. In addition, font designers are likely to create new typefaces in the Unicode format. If you intend to actually print your works, this is a strong argument. For example, you can try Lucida Sans Unicode, which is (I believe) shipped with Windows XP. The thing with this font is that at first sight you do not see the phonetic symbols. But they are there!

Where are the IPA symbols? The Phonetic symbols of Unicode fonts (e.g. of Lucida Sans Unicode) can be found in the "Latin extended", the "Spacing Modifier Letters", and the "Combining diacritical marks" subsets of Unicode fonts. To view them, open the Windows Character Map, choose "Group by: Unicode subset" and choose the appropriate subset.

Pros and Cons of Lucida: Lucida covers most (but not all) IPA characters, although you will see it covers most languages, including all western European languages, Russian, Arabic, and many more.
A drawback for some languages is that some of the diacritical marks extending below the base line are not displayed properly in this font, but, at least, you have your characters in the right (Unicode-standard) place.


A good alternative to Keyman: Keyman is fine, but it is a resident software that will take away some of your system's resources. It is better to use a native Windows Phonetic keyboard. And yes, now you can edit them! Microsoft has (relatively recently) published a keyboard layout editor called Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC.exe).
Download it from http://www.microsoft.com/


A final tip: Finally, I would like to suggest VTrain (Vocabulary Trainer), a flashcard-based program that includes several on-screen keyboards for Phonetic (IPA) symbols. These keyboards allow you to enter the phonetic characters by simple mouse clicks.
You will find it at http://www.vtrain.net/home.htm

Good luck!
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darimana



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

download this for free:
http://phonmap.com/

Very user friendly!
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