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Import dialog

PhoTransEdit Desktop includes a dialog to import English transcriptions from several codifications (X-SAMPA, HTML, Braille) to IPA symbols.

 How does it work?

 Types of codifications

 Import toolbar

How does it work?

Step 1. Choose the codification of the transcription to import

Select the tab according to the codification of the transcription to import. Transcriptions in several codifications can be imported: X-Sampa, HTML (decimal), HTML (hexadecimal), Braille and VB.Net or VB6.

Step 2. Type or paste the transcription to import

Type or paste the English transcription you want to import into an IPA transcription.

Step 3. Click on Import

Click on the Import button (or press F5) to get the output transcription.


Transcriptions coded in serveral codifications (X-SAMPA, HTML, Braille, etc.) can be imported


The Extended Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet (X-SAMPA) is a variant of SAMPA developed in 1995 by John C. Wells, professor of phonetics at the University of London. It is designed to unify the individual language SAMPA alphabets, and extend SAMPA to cover the entire range of characters in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The result is a SAMPA-inspired remapping of the IPA into 7-bit ASCII.

SAMPA was devised as a hack to work around the inability of text encodings to represent IPA symbols. Later, as Unicode support for IPA symbols became more widespread, the necessity for a separate, computer-readable system for representing the IPA in ASCII decreased. However, X-SAMPA is still useful as the basis for an input method for true IPA.

HTML (decimal or hexadecimal)

Get a transcription using IPA symbols from HTML code numbers. You can do this using either decimal or hexadecimal numbers. These code numbers allow you to show IPA symbols in your HTML pages. The browser will render these with the correct IPA symbols, always provided an appropriate font is available. For more information about how to display IPA Symbols on your web browser, see 'The International Phonetic Alphabet in Unicode' by John Wells.


Transcriptions coded in Braille can be imported to IPA symbols. For further information on IPA Braille see 'IPA Braille: A braille code for the transcription of the International Phonetic Alphabet' by Robert Englebretso.


Get an IPA transcription from the VB.NET or VB6 string.

Import toolbar

The toolbar includes some common buttons in a text editor: cut, copy, paste and font selection.

Cut the selected text from the encoded transcription to import and place it into the clipboard.

Copy the selected text from the encoded transcription to import and place it into the clipboard.

Copy text from the clipboard and insert it into the encoded transcription to import at the current cursor position.

This combo boxes allow users to change the font used to display the encoded transcription to import.