Lisu (Unicode block)

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(48 code points)
Major alphabetsFraser Lisu
Assigned48 code points
Unused0 reserved code points
Unicode version history
5.2 (2009)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 in their standard form and horizontally or vertically mirrored.

The addition of the block was subject to significant debate as to whether allocating a new block was necessary for the alphabet or if the turned letters not already in Unicode could instead be added to an existing block for the Latin script. However, since the Lisu letters only visually resemble their Latin counterparts and are semantically different, the former approach was ultimately taken.

This block is supported by a few fonts including Noto Sans Lisu, Lisu Unicode, DejaVu Sans, Horta, Montagel, Quivira, Segoe UI (since Windows 8), and Highway Gothic (Wide, version 2.0.3).

In Unicode 13.0, a new block was also assigned for a single supplementary Lisu character used for the Naxi language, Lisu Supplement.

Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
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1.^ As of Unicode version 13.0


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 N3353 (pdf, doc) Umamaheswaran, V. S. (2007-10-10), "M51.30", Unconfirmed minutes of WG 2 meeting 51 Hanzhou, China; 2007-04-24/27
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
L2/08-003 Moore, Lisa (2008-02-14), "Lisu", UTC #114 Minutes
L2/08-318 N3453 (pdf, doc) Umamaheswaran, V. S. (2008-08-13), "M52.10", Unconfirmed minutes of WG 2 meeting 52
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

See also[edit]


  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.