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To begin

To begin, this tutorial (on the basics), and this tutorial (on editing glyphs) have been prepared so that you can learn how to use this, so please look at them. (They are currently only available in Japanese, but there are a couple of things to be learned by watching).

First, please consider what you want to do. If you were thinking you wanted to register a kanji glyph, or make use of a registered glyph, then by all means, please read below!

Registering a kanji glyph amounts to contributing an article to GlyphWiki. On GlyphWiki, one kanji glyph corresponds to one GlyphWiki page (or ”article”). If you are contributing an article to GlyphWiki for the first time, please read GlyphDesignMethod. Furthermore, it would be great if you got some practice in the sandbox beforehand.

Kanji glyph registration

Giving a glyph its name

On GlyphWiki, all glyphs have names attached to them. In order for you to register a new glyph, it is necessary for you to give it a name. First, please refer to GivingAGlyphItsName.

If the glyph has an associated code number (i.e., it has a defined code point in UCS), then please name it with a lowercase ‘u’ followed by its hexadecimal representation (any alphabetical portions must be lowercase). For example, “一” is U+4E00, so the appropriate name is “u4e00”. For these kinds of glyphs that appear with existing character codes or ones that appear in large dictionaries, please refer to the NamingGuidelines.

For anything that doesn't fit, please choose a suitable name. Names are not first-come-first-served. Any identical name already in use by another person will be overwritten with the new data (anyone can still continue to use even the old overwritten data).

The fact is, practically any appropriate name will suffice. However, you are limited in which characters you may use. You may use the lowercase letters (of English, a–z), numerals (0–9), and hyphens (-); the first character must be a lowercase letter, and the last character must be a lowercase letter or a numeral. The total number of characters must be 60 or less.

Your own glyphs

If you are a user who is logged in, you will have some extra benefits. There is a way to name a glyph such that only that user may create or otherwise edit it. The rule is that the name must take the form “username_glyphname”. For example, the user “kamichi” can give the name “kamichi_my-gaiji-0001” to a glyph. This would be the user kamichi’s own glyph; only the user kamichi can edit it. All glyphs beginning their names with “kamichi_” can be created by kamichi and only kamichi. However, it is possible for anyone to read the data. If a user other than kamichi needs to edit it, they need to make that glyph either their own or everyone’s by copying the data wholesale under a new name.

Glyphs have version numbers.

When data is registered with a name that someone else is already using, the old data are overwritten with the new. Do the previous data become henceforth unusable? In fact, they do not; by indicating the version number, you may still use them as normal. The way to specify them takes the form “glyphname@versionnumber”. The first registration of the glyph is given the version number “@1”; afterwards, version numbers are incremented one at a time. When you want to confirm which version number a glyph is at, click its “History” tab.

If a currently overwritten old glyph is cited within another glyph, what do you suppose should be done? The answer is, “When overwriting, the previous glyph's version number is automatically given to the cited glyph name.” To wit, this means that a glyph design registered once will always be possible to use. Even if the cited portion is not new, at the point of citation, the data will be rewritten such that the old version’s portion will be designated; this will not cause the glyph to change.

Starting a page

Next, input the name you have decided on into the search box on the side of the page and click “Go”. If the name is already in use, you will be taken to its page directly. If the name is not yet being used, you will see the message “No page text matches.” displayed, but above that, you will see the message “You searched for: "(query)"”, where the “(query)” portion is your search query, which should be displayed as a red link. If it is grey, this means that the name does not conform to the naming rules, so please re-read the above section “Giving a glyph its name”, and make sure to pick a name that does.

A red link indicates that the page linked to has not yet been started (i.e., a glyph has not been registered with that name). Please click it. Once you do that, you can begin writing a brand-new page. Well then, by all means, please register your glyph! And please read GlyphDesignMethod on how to operate the designer.

Practical use of glyphs

Put them to use as image files.


URLは以下のようにグリフの名前を直接記述します。バージョンを指定することもできます。サムネイル用に50ドット×50ドットのグレイスケールも利用できます。たとえばu4e00のグリフの場合、以下の画像が利用できます。         200ドットのPNG形式         SVG形式         EPS形式    50ドットのサムネイル。PNG形式   100ドットのサムネイル。PNG形式


Specifying versions

グリフウィキでは誰でもグリフの管理ができます。反面、自分がグリフを登録した後に同じグリフを他の人が編集する可能性があり(さらにきれいなデザインへと修正してくれているのかもしれません)、最新のグリフで上書きされます。このようにグリフが固定されない可能性があるため、指定したグリフを得たい場合には、バージョン番号を付与することができます。バージョン番号は、各グリフページの「履歴」タブをクリックすると確認できます。       バージョン1。200ドットのPNG形式       バージョン1。SVG形式       バージョン1。EPS形式  バージョン1。50ドットのサムネイル。PNG形式 バージョン1。100ドットのサムネイル。PNG形式

Specifying versions according to time

必要なグリフのバージョンを調べなくても、時間を記述することで指定することも可能です。ISO 8601の記述を用いてください。指定された時間におけるグリフを得ることができます。指定の粒度は以下の3段階に対応しています。

Putting them into a TrueType font


About acquiring all glyph data