GlyphWiki logo
navigation
help
search
toolbox
languages
articlediscussionedit this pagehistory

GlyphWiki:FAQ

From GlyphWiki, the free glyph database

This document is a direct translation of the January 12th, 2009 revision of the Japanese document GlyphWiki:よくある質問.

I want to submit a new glyph. What should I do?

First, think about the name of a glyph you want to submit. The glyph with the same name may already exist in GlyphWiki, so please use the search field in the left to check that the name is not already in use. If no glyph exists with the same name, the name you entered will appear as a red link right after the “You searched for:” message. Click this link to submit your new glyph. If a gray link appears, it means that the name you have entered cannot be used. Please consult the “Naming new glyphs” article (GlyphWiki:GlyphNaming), and try altering the name you want to use.

What exactly is a “glyph”?

In GlyphWiki, the term glyph is used to indicate an individual kanji character's specific shape. The term font, when used in the context of GlyphWiki, refers to a group of characters (such as the collection of the 7000-odd characters specified in the JIS kanji set) or its TrueType font file. In GlyphWiki, data are managed on a per-glyph basis. If the group namespace is used, a font file containing all the glyphs in that group can be automatically generated.

I want to delete a submitted glyph, group, or page. Is this possible?

GlyphWiki is built on the notion that “everybody owns the data”, so in principle it is not possible to simply delete contributions, even your own. Of course, previously submitted data can be examined or recovered by looking up the history of each glyph (for example, if someone were to replace the data of a submitted glyph with “0:0:0:0”, resulting in a blank page). For more information, please consult the GlyphWiki:DeletionPolicy article.

Who is in charge of GlyphWiki?

Operated from a research perspective, User:kamichi is the administrator of GlyphWiki on a volunteer basis. For more information, please have a look at the about page (GlyphWiki:About), the privacy policy (GlyphWiki:PrivacyPolicy), or find out what you can do to help (GlyphWiki:JoinUs).