Dr Seuss alphabet in Unicode

A fanciful alphabet invented by Dr Seuss in his 1955 On Beyond Zebra was turned into a Unicode character set in 2001. Now there's a standardized way to use Seussian script on your web-pages (provided the right font is live at the other end)! Link (via Making Light)


  1. Standardized my ass. I’m pretty sure this is a generic private-use (PUA) area in the Unicode standard. From some related docs:

    “A Private Use Area (PUA) is one of several ranges which are reserved for private use. For this range, the Unicode standard does not specify any characters.

    The Basic Multilingual Plane includes a PUA in the range from U+E000 to U+F8FF (57344–63743). Plane Fifteen (U+F0000 to U+FFFFD), and Plane Sixteen (U+100000 to U+10FFFD) are completely reserved for private use as well.”

  2. It should be noted that this isn’t part of the actual unicode standard, but part of the ConScript Unicode Registry, an unofficial way of allocating the private use area in unicode.

  3. It’s not likely to show up in any mainstream fonts, as it is just part of the Unicode Private Use Area. In the unlikely event that the Seussian Latin Extensions are ever standardized, they will be assigned different code points, as happened with Shavian and Deseret.

  4. As Eric points out above, the Seussian codepoints have been registered in Michael Everson’s informal ConScript registry, and are not (yet!) in the Unicode standard. The ConScript registry also includes the undeciphered syllabary from the Phaistos Disc as well as writing systems from fantasy and science fiction novels, movies, television shows and video games.

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