Converting Gurmukhi to Unicode

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Before the Unicode system for the representation of characters was functional, it was common for Gurmukhi characters to be represented in using part of the existing ASCII character set in custom font sets. Examples of these ASCII Punjabi fonts are:

  • Gurbani Akhar
  • Anmol Lipi
  • Amar Lipi
  • Bulara
  • Prabhki
  • Raaj
  • Gurbani Web Thick
  • Web Akhar Slim
  • Web Lipi Heavy

Unicode

Gurmukhi is a Unicode block containing characters for the Punjabi language, as it is written in India. In its original incarnation, the code points U+0A02..U+0A4C were a direct copy of the Gurmukhi characters A2-EC from the 1988 ISCII standard. The Devanagari, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam blocks were similarly all based on their ISCII encodings.

Block

Gurmukhi1
Unicode.org chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+0A0x
U+0A1x
U+0A2x
U+0A3x ਿ
U+0A4x
U+0A5x
U+0A6x
U+0A7x
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 6.0


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