Typesetting the Deseret Alphabet with LaTeX and metafont

  • Kenneth R. Beesley
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3130)


The Deseret Alphabet was an orthographical reform for English, promoted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) between about 1854 and 1875. An offshoot of the Pitman phonotypy reforms, the Deseret Alphabet is remembered mainly for its use of non-Roman glyphs. Though ultimately rejected, the Deseret Alphabet was used in four printed books, numerous newspaper articles, several unprinted book manuscripts, journals, meeting minutes, letters and even a gold coin, a tombstone and an early English-to-Hopi vocabulary. This paper reviews the history of the Deseret Alphabet, its Unicode implementation, fonts both metal and digital, and projects involving the typesetting of Deseret Alphabet texts.


Salt Lake City Great Salt Lake Short Vowel Meeting Minute Gold Coin 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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  • Kenneth R. Beesley
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  1. 1.Xerox Research Centre EuropeMeylanFrance

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