A new assistant in reading colorful Gothic

A new assistant in reading colorful Gothic

Genealogists in Slovenia come across a lot of written Gothic, a German script that is quite difficult to read. That is why we present an interesting novelty, a gothic reading aid.


The Scriptis tool, developed by Uroš Ocepek, a doctor of computer sciences and an amateur genealogist, is intended for printing text in old fonts, especially the German Kurent.

For many at the beginning of the genealogical path, the insurmountable problem when it comes to written Gothic in 19th-century documents is usually difficult to read, as we do not know the shape of the individual letters. As a result, the genealogist often has to rely on the help of archivists, genealogical colleagues or others who know how to read and decipher the written word.

A German example

While reviewing existing tools to help identify colorful Gothic, we came across the Deutsche Handschrift tool (link to this site: KLIK). The tool offers the entry of any word and the creation of a record in any typography (letter type). The process is time consuming as we have to select the typography for each record and confirm. The problem arises when we want to quickly check various signs. Therefore, the author got the idea to make a tool with which he could dynamically get written characters in all possible typographies in real time.

Slovenian upgrade

This is how Scriptis was created, which was generously accepted by genealogists. It helps many people to break the encrypted written data on the first ball. By testing the spelling of familiar words, the user eventually learns to read. Some, however, written words, e.g. names and surnames, they also copy and use in their products.

Below is a link to the Scriptis website.


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