IPA Map

About the IPA Map in Phon.

Phon's IPA Map provides an easy-to-use interface for composing phonetic transcriptions. There are eight sections in the window, each with a layout which aids in the lookup of phones and diacritics. These sections may be collapsed or expanded by clicking on the appropriate title bar.

IPA Map sections:
  • Consonants
  • Clicks and Implosives
  • Vowels
  • Suprasegmentals
  • Contours
  • Diacritics
  • Tones
  • ExtIPA

Not all characters in the IPA Map are meant to be the base glyph in a phone (e.g. suprasegmentals, word boundaries, diacritics). Often, a dependent character is displayed in the IPA Map with a circle to represent its relation to the base glyph.

To view the Name, Unicode value, and Features of a character in the IPA Map, mouse over the character and a Tooltip window will appear.

Figure 1: IPA Map
IPA Map

Actions

Input Text with IPA Map

Create or modify phonetic transcriptions using the IPA Map.

The IPA Map can be used in any text-input field in Phon.

  1. Place the cursor in a text-input field and select the Tools > IPA Map (CMD/CTRL+M) menu item.

    This will generate a window containing the IPA Map.
  2. Click on the buttons in the IPA Map which correspond to the characters you would like to enter into the text-input field.

    The data in the text-input field will reflect your selections.
    Note: While the IPA Map is open, you may still proceed to type normally.
  3. To close the IPA Map, select the Tools > IPA Map (CMD/CTRL+M) menu item.

Copy Character

Copy a character to your computer's clipboard.

From the IPA Map window:
  1. Right-click (CTRL+click) on any character in the IPA Map. From the context menu, select either Copy character to copy as a plain text string, Copy as HTML to copy as an HTML code, or Copy as Unicode HEX to copy the unicode number.

    The character will be copied to your computer's clipboard in the chosen format and can then be pasted into text fields both within Phon and in other programs.

Add Character to Favorites

Add and remove characters from Favorites in the IPA Map.

From the IPA Map window:
  1. Right-click (CTRL+click) on any character in the IPA Map and select Add to favorites from the context menu.

    The selected character will appear at the top of the IPA Map window in the Favorites section. The character will remain in this section until it you remove it.
  2. To remove a character from the Favorites section, right-click (CTRL+click) on it either in the Favorites section or in its original section, and select Remove from favourites from the context menu.

Resize Font and Window

Change the font display size and window size of the IPA Map.

From the IPA Map window:
  1. Right-click (CTRL+click) within any section in the IPA Map and move the Font size slider to the preferred font size.

    The characters in the IPA Map will be displayed in the selected font size; the window will resize itself accordingly.
    Note: The font display size in the IPA Map will not affect the size of characters when input into text fields.

Highlight Recently Used Characters

Highlight recently used characters in the IPA Map.

From the IPA Map window:
  1. Right-click (CTRL+click) within any section of the IPA Map and select Highlight recently used from the context menu.

    The last twenty characters entered with the IPA Map will be highlighted in yellow; the most recently used characters will be the brightest.
  2. To turn off this feature, right-click (CTRL+click) within any section of the IPA Map and deselect Highlight recently used from the context menu.