Sunday, 8 May 2011

Unicode 6.0 — One block at a time

As a follow-up to my recent javascript-based Unicode Slide Show, I have now made available BabelMap Online, a javascript-based Unicode character browser based on BabelMap, my popular Unicode Character Map application. It does not have all the utilities and special features that the real BabelMap provides, but it should be a useful tool for finding and picking Unicode characters online. You can select any Unicode block from a dropdown list, or browse through all of Unicode one block at a time (blocks with more than 1,280 characters are shown in multiple pages). If you click on a character in the code chart it will be inserted into an edit box below, and the characters in the edit box may be viewed as Unicode characters or as hexadecimal character references or as decimal character references. You may also search for characters by name, and go to a particular Unicode code point.

The page accepts parameters to initially show a particular block (?block=Block Name), a particular character (?char=262F), search for a given character name or part of a name (?find=string), or find an exact character name (?name=character name).

Click on the image below to launch BabelMap Online in a new window.