IPA charts have been tested on Windows 7 64-bit (on: Blisk, Brave, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Konqueror, Midori, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, Tor, Vivaldi, Yandex) and on Ubuntu (on Mozilla Firefox).
Some functions are not available on Internet Explorer/Edge, Midori, or Konqueror (see below).

Description vs. transcription:

Click the ‘DESCRIPTION’ button in order to display information about a particular symbol, such as its name, IPA description or TIPA code, or to play associated audio recordings. When the ‘DESCRIPTION’ button is highlighted, click any symbol to open description box.

Click the ‘TRANSCRIPTION’ button in order to insert chosen symbols into the transcription field. When the ‘TRANSCRIPTION’ button is highlighted, click any symbol to insert it.


There are several buttons above the transcription field on the right-hand side. Buttons beginning with ‘Aa’ modify font size:
  • the minus symbol decreases font size, either by 10px or by 1px

  • the plus symbol increases font size, either by 10px or by 1px

  • and the asterisk (selected by default) resets font size to 20px

  • Information about current font size is displayed on mouse over any ‘Aa’ button.

    The remaining buttons are:
  • X’, which clears the transcription field of all contents;

  • ‘anchor’ (selected by default), which either fixes the transcription field in its default position, or makes it scrollable with the rest of the page, so that it appears to hover over other tables (this may be more convenient when accessing tables/symbols located lower down);

  • ‘square’ (selected by default), which makes the transcription field auto-adjustable to contents;

  • and the last button, which is browser-dependent: i.e. either a downward-slanting arrow (e.g. in Firefox or Chrome)

  • [which blocks the auto-resize and allows manual control over field size, useful when working with large amounts of text]

    or vertical bidirectional arrows (e.g. in Internet Explorer/Edge)

    [which blocks the auto-resize and sets the field size at the default height of 1 line, dependent on the font size, with scroll bar for scrolling contents]


    Description box shows a large symbol on the left, and description with audio on the right side:

    The box is draggable, i.e. it can be grabbed with the mouse and moved to a different position on the screen:

    where it will remain until moved again:

    It is possible to add the currently displayed symbol to the transcription field by double-clicking it in the description box. In order to copy it to system clipboard, it is enough to press the CTRL+C keyboard keys (no selection is necessary), then CTRL+V or paste the clipboard contents into another application.

    Information listed on the right side encompases several points, such as the proper phonetic description/name/status, or the Unicode/Hex data (esp. useful when choosing between two visually similar or nearly identical symbols; or when locating symbols in fonts).

    This is followed by audio recordings. When no extra examples are given next to the ‘PLAY’ button, recordings illustrate sound transcribed as the large symbol on the left. In the case of diacritics, example transcriptions portray sounds in context:

    Please note that in some instances no recordings are available:

    Clicking the ‘PLAY’ button activates a mini-audio player, which appears below the list of recordings (this does not apply to Konqueror, where recordings can be played, but no additional controls are available):

    The audio player has 6 basic functions:

    Default volume is set at 75%. Volume info and controls apply to this audio player only, so if system volume is set at 60% and audio player’s at 100%, the result will be 60% of system volume’s loudness. If system mute is activated, it will override the player’s settings, regardless of the player’s own mute selection, while muting the player’s sound won’t affect the rest of the system.

    In the bottom right corner of the description box are 5 additional buttons:
  • ‘x’, which closes the description box

  • ‘‹’ and ‘›’, used to navigate between consecutive symbols, e.g. for ‘t’ the previous symbol is ‘b’ and the next symbol is ‘d’

  • ‘«’ and ‘»’, used to navigate between tables, e.g. for ‘t’ the previous table is ‘tones and word accents’ and the next table is ‘consonants (non-pulmonic)’

  • Other functions:

    The minus symbol in headers indicates that areas below the header are collapsible:

    As a result, only headers remain visible:

    Clicking the plus symbol in headers will display hidden areas once more:

    Information about audio recordings (with links) and fonts used in this webpage can be found by clicking the ‘Webpage acknowledgments’ link, which is located at the bottom of the page.

    Click here to display screenshot of the entire page. Please note that border colours and positioning of individual elements may differ slightly from browser to browser.