Appendix:Latin script

This appendix explains characters written in the Latin script.

The term Roman script or Roman alphabet is the term used in United Kingdom for what is known in the United States as the Latin script or Latin alphabet.

Not to be confused with a roman font in typography (which remains uncapitalized), having ordinary upright letterforms, in contrast to more cursive, sloped italic fonts.



The ISO basic Latin alphabet is composed of 26 uppercase letters (ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ) and 26 lowercase versions of the same letters (abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz), resulting in the following pairs:

Varieties of letters


Two or more letters may be joined in single glyphs, forming ligatures. (ex.: the letters a and e joined together form æ) Finally, diacritics may be added to letters or ligatures. (for example, an acute accent may be added to the letter o, forming ó)



The Latin script includes a variety of punctuation marks.

  • full stop, or period: .
  • exclamation mark: !
  • question mark: ?
  • interrobang:
  • comma: ,
  • colon: :
  • semicolon: ;
  • space: ] [
  • slash: /
  • parentheses: (, )
  • brackets: [, ]
  • braces: [, ]

Roman numerals

Main appendix: Roman numerals

In multiple languages, it is possible to use some letters of the Latin script as numbers. These letters are known as Roman numerals.


Main appendix: Latin script alphabets

There are multiple alphabets in Latin script in various languages.