The Gospel of Unicode: Digital Love Letter(s) and Art Through Numbers

Fragment of the Ptolemaic-era “stela of Horiraa” now at the British Museum. It has a funerary inscription of three horizontal lines incised with hieroglyphs. It is read from right to left. As the BM metadata notes, below the Hieroglyphs are two horizontal lines of black-painted cursive script that are written in Demotic. To the right are a number of encoded Hieroglyphs & Greek.
Becker’s initial article in a 1984 edition of Scientific American laid the groundwork for the Unicode Consortium’s creation and explained the need for the initiative. This is Figure 1 of the article (Scientific American, July 1984, 251.1: p.97).
A Xerox-designed specialty computer for typing Japanese called Star. It is Figure 2 in Becker’s pivotal 1984 article.
Manuscript by Greek calligrapher Luke the Cypriot (1594–1596) now at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. The text of the Gospel Lectionary has now been TEI encoded (Images via the Walters Art Museum, CCO).
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Sarah E. Bond

Sarah E. Bond

Associate Professor of History at the University of Iowa. Ancient History, Digital Humanities, and Public History For All. Thoughts are my own, y'all.