Baybayin Found in the Wild and the Chrome/Chromium Bug

Yesterday, I found an online security service for web administrators and decided to test it. To my surprise, I found something I never expected to see – a country selection where the Philippines is also represented in Baybayin as ᜉᜒᜎᜒᜉᜒᜈᜐ᜔.

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This is the first time I saw an online country drop-down where the “Philippines” selection is also written in our native script ᜊᜌ᜔ᜊᜌᜒᜈ᜔ (Baybayin). I am not sure if it was intentional on the part of DuoSecurity or the server they are using have the Baybayin script by default written besides “Philippines”.

If it was the latter, it only means one thing. GNU/Linux enthusiasts who are also Baybayin champions submitted a patch to, if my guess is correct, Apache. Updated servers and websites using Apache’s built-in country list will show that patch.

However, if you are using Chromium or Google Chrome, you may find it confusing reading the Baybayin because there is a known bug in Chrome/Chromium: bug 94577 filed on 28th of August 2011 since Chromium 15.0.861.0 build 97996.

Yes it still is a bug. Check these screenshots taken today, 13th of March 2012 for comparison:

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Chromium 18.0.997.0 (Developer Build 116462 Linux) Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit

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Chromium 18.0.997.0 (Developer Build 116462 Linux) Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit

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Firefox 11.0 – Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit

In some Google Chrome versions however, Baybayin renders correctly, under Microsoft® Windows XP as last week when I last used an old PC.

Hopefully Chrome/Chromium’s bug will get fixed, so Filipinos who can read our real writing script – Baybayin, will not get confused, unless the Chromium/Chrome team are willing to lose their fans back to Firefox or Opera.

Oh, that selection: Philippines (ᜉᜒᜎᜒᜉᜒᜈᜐ᜔) – reads “Pilipinas”. Next step, Baybayin translation of commonly used software and programs. (Which I used to do for b2evolution, and I haven’t started on quamplures.)

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