site is dedicated to those who championed the 19th century English
spelling reform known as the Deseret Alphabet. It was originally
designed to help new converts of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints (Mormons) who came from many countries in the early
days of the church to Utah (app. 1855-1875). Brigham Young, who
directed these migrations, wished to integrate these people as quickly
as possible into the church and also the English-speaking United
States. He thought English spelling reform would be greatly beneficial
in this respect. Although the reform was quite successful for some time
among church members, it eventually was discontinued, especially after
its greatest proponent, Brigham Young, passed away in 1877.
including on the left hand side of this page some links that will
give you a lot more information about the Deseret alphabet, its
and also how it has been adapted for use on computers and the internet
(some links are quite technical). The alphabet is already an accepted
part of Unicode (a process for producing scripts on computers in all
languages). There are non-Unicode adaptations of the alphabet, but I am
employing only the official Unicode forms of the script for my internet
pages. As a result, you will
need to ensure that your computer has the proper fonts. If you are
using a computer with later versions of Windows (Windows 7 and later),
click on the links in the right side bar that are titled "FOR PC
BROWSERS (post Windows 6)". That will take you to the page where you
can access the links
to the pages that will display the script properly in those browsers.
access the Deseret pages for Apple and Tablet/Smartphone
browsers you will find
links under the section "FOR APPLE AND TABLET/SMART PHONE BROWSERS"
that also display the
script properly . If you have versions of Windows older than 7, you may
have to download and install the font
'Code2001.ttf' by James Kass. It is free, and can be downloaded
from www.alanwood.net. If you
do an Internet search for the font you can probably find it at other
font sites also.
Another, smaller font that you can download from the alanwood.net site
that is also free and will display Unicode Deseret is 'Analecta.ttf' by
Douros. Both 'Code2001.ttf' and 'Analecta.ttf' will display Deseret
characters, but, using Analecta or Code 2001, you will have to download
and modify this web page
(change the html to display either of those fonts) to view
the pages in those fonts.
It must be noted that the pages
for Apple and Tablet/Smart Phone Browsers display the lower and upper
case Deseret "vee" glyph incorrectly. It looks rather like an
ampersand glyph, instead of the Deseret glyph that is similar to a
Latin 'B'. That is unfortunate, but I couldn't overcome that
glitch--perhaps some day. Nevertheless, it is not very hard
to get used to the difference.
included a link to a Deseret script epub ebook (actually 'epub2' form).
There are many 'readers' for ebooks, some for computers, some for
tablet devices, some for smart phones. Many of these readers cannot
reproduce the script. For Windows and Apple computers,
as long as you
have the any of the four fonts I mentioned, you can read the ebook by
downloading the proper version of Adobe Digital Editions and installing it. Another good one
is Azardi (fairly good for 'epub3'
books, by the way).
For Android devices (tablets or smart phones), the readers I have found
actually reproduce the ebook correctly are "Moon+ Reader" and "Gitden"
Google Play Apps. I have also found two readers for
Apple tablet/smart phone devices that will automatically
font. They are "Marvin" and "Gitden", available from the Apple apps
about it. Enjoy exploring the Deseret Alphabet!
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