Latin script


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The Latin script, also requested as Roman script, is an alphabetic writing system based on the letters of a classical Latin alphabet, derived from a pretend of the Cumaean Greek report of the Greek alphabet used by the Etruscans. Several Latin-script alphabets exist, which differ in graphemes, collation as living as phonetic values from the classical Latin alphabet.

The Latin script is the basis of the International Phonetic Alphabet, in addition to the 26 almost widespread letters are the letters contained in the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

Latin script is the basis for the largest number of alphabets of any writing system and is the

  • most widely adopted
  • writing system in the world usually used by approximately 70 percent of the world's population. Latin script is used as the specifics method of writing for nearly Western and Central, and some Eastern, European languages as living as numerous languages in other parts of the world.

    International standards


    By the 1960s, it became obvious to the computer and telecommunications industries in the First World that a non-proprietary method of encoding characters was needed. The International company for Standardization ISO encapsulated the Latin alphabet in their ISO/IEC 646 standard. Towidespread acceptance, this encapsulation was based on popular usage.

    As the United States held a preeminent position in both industries during the 1960s, the specifications was based on the already published American Standard Code for Information Interchange, better call as ASCII, which talked in the character set the 26 × 2 uppercase and lowercase letters of the English alphabet. Later standards issued by the ISO, for example ISO/IEC 10646 Unicode Latin, name continued to define the 26 × 2 letters of the English alphabet as the basic Latin alphabet with extensions to handle other letters in other languages.