Glypheer

Glypheer

The Glypheer plugin has been largely replaced by the new Egyptological Hieroglyphs.  It should not be used on EO without consulting Kate Phizackerley.  Development is presently suspended.

Glypheer was our initial plug-in targeted at amateur Egyptologists who wish to display hieroglyphs on their site. The key features are:

  • Glypheer supports most Manuel de Codage syntax, including cartouches and glyph shading to indicate damage.
  • If the optional Rotation Engine is installed, Glypheer can rotate and mirror glyphs.
  • Glypheer presents the full Gardiner set of hieroglyphs from the images originally prepared for WikiHiero by S Rosmorduc, G Watson and J Hirst.
  • Glypheer also features a set of full-colour hieroglyphs by Neoklis Kyriazis.
  • Subject to licensing, Glypheer can display glyphs using the New Gardiner font produced by Mark-Jan Nederhof – it is available for academic and non-commercial use only.
  • Each hieroglyph is transmitted as a separate image for maximum efficiency (individual glyphs will be cached by a reader’s browser if they appear more than once on your site).

The downsides are:

  • The present version doesn’t support cadrat groups
  • Glypheer can only display glyphs left to right and not vertically, although an extension is planned
  • The plug-in is very large – at least 15Mb at outset.

The plugin has been superseded by the newer and  more compact Hieroglyph plugin.  It is retained for legacy reasons and because it can display glyphs images which allows the use of certain additional glyph sets.  At present, the useful additional set is the set of colour glyphs mentioned above, but more sets might be added later.

A User Guide for Glypheer is available.

The plugin will be tidied up for eventual publication under a GNU Public licence (other than rotation).

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