Lisu (Unicode block)

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Range U+A4D0..U+A4FF
(48 code points)
Plane BMP
Scripts Lisu
Major alphabets Fraser Lisu
Assigned 48 code points
Unused 0 reserved code points
Unicode version history
5.2 48 (+48)
Note: [1][2]

Lisu is a Unicode block containing characters of the Fraser alphabet, which is used to write the Lisu language. This alphabet (and by extension the block) consists of glyphs resembling capital letters in the basic Latin alphabet either in their standard form or turned upside down. (The addition of the block was subject to significant debate as to whether an entire block was necessary for the alphabet or if the turned letters not already in Unicode could instead be added under the Latin script section. Ultimately, the former approach was taken, and the Lisu letters are thus semantically different from their Latin counterparts.)

This block is supported by a few fonts including Noto Sans Lisu, Lisu Unicode, DejaVu Sans, Horta, Montagel, Quivira, Segoe UI (since Windows 8).

Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
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1.^ As of Unicode version 10.0


The following Unicode-related documents record the purpose and process of defining specific characters in the Lisu block:

Version Final code points[a] Count L2 ID WG2 ID Document
5.2 U+A4D0..A4FF 48 L2/07-297 N3323 Everson, Michael (2007-09-11), Towards an encoding of the Fraser script in the UCS 
L2/07-294 N3326 Cook, Richard (2007-09-15), Fraser’s Lisu orthography 
L2/07-357 N3317R2 Proposal for encoding the Old Lisu script in the BMP of the UCS, 2007-10-10 
L2/07-423 Documentation on legacy encodings of the Old Lisu script, 2007-12-29 
L2/08-019 N3424 Cheuk, Adrian (2008-01-28), Proposal for encoding the Old Lisu script in the BMP of the UCS 
L2/09-247 Hosken, Martin (2009-07-10), Discussion and proposal of default Lisu sort order 
  1. ^ Proposed code points and characters names may differ from final code points and names


  1. ^ "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Enumerated Versions of The Unicode Standard". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.