I don't know how familiar you are with ancient scripts and if you're interested, but today/tonight I prepared this thread about round Glagolitic font I just made.
Let me know what you think about it.
When someone says Glagolitic
, people think about... well... nothing at all.
But those who do, they imagine the ancient Croatian alphabet, the angular Glagolitic.
It's because it has been in use for a very long period of time and most of the books written in Glagolitic has been written in this script.
So I thought I could somehow revive its older brother, round Glagolitic.
It has been used by priests in Great Moravia, but soon it was replaced by Latin. It was a dead script before the invention of print, so only handwritten sources were preserved, such as the Kiev Missal
, for example.
I think it's considered the oldest Glagolitic text that has been found.
You can view its content online: https://www.wdl.org/en/item/7488/view/1/8/
I thought that introducing the round Glagolitic to the new era of print would be a good way to honor this script.
There are some fonts available, but they're all based on the handwritten form, which is inconsistent.
The original alphabet was designed for Old Church Slavic.
My goal was to create a Glagolitic alphabet (with modern look) for Slovak language.
It uses accented characters instead of yers for palatalization. It basically works the same way the Slovak alphabet does.
I made custom characters for letters Q, W and X. They are simply just variations of characters K and V.
The font itself doesn't contain many characters, just the Slovak alphabet, numbers (Arabic) and some of the basic punctuation marks.
Since the original script has used only one letter case, I sticked with that and I made the upper case letter system (SHIFT + CHARACTER) to contain letters of palatalized sounds instead. Slovak alphabet contains 46 letters, geez!
I made the font in 2 weights - regular and light.
všetci ľudia sa rodia
slobodní a sebe rovní,
čo sa týka ich dôstojnosti
a práv. sú obdarení rozumom
a majú navzájom jednať
v bratskom duchu.
All human beings are born
free and equal
and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience
and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
Looks like something that aliens would use, doesn't it?
This table shows the Slovak alphabet in my font and the corresponding Latin letters in the first 2 columns.
The 3rd column shows the characters that my font is based on and the 4th column contains angular Glagolitic letters for comparison.
License: Don't mind using it anywhere you want.
Don't worry, I'm not starting any campaign to make this alphabet the official script of Slovak Republic.
I made it just for fun and to appreciate the great work of Cyril and Methodius, although I'm not a big fan of Christianity or any other religion.
What do you think about the font or Glagolitic in general? Can you imagine it being the official script of your language?