The old script

In the second half of the 19th century, a new type of writing was introduced in Slovenia, which was named after the inventor Ljudevit Gaj – Gajica. Gajica is an adapted Latin script. Ljudevit Gaj suggested introducing the letters č, ž, š so that there is a separate letter for each sound.

From the 16th to the 19th centuries, the Bohoričica or Bohorič alphabet was used for the Slovene language. Before the Bohorič alphabet, the Gothic Textura (better known as the Old German script or Kurrent) was used and before that the Carolingian minuscule, also known as the Carolingian minuscule or Carolina.

Before the 20th century, the Gothic Textura (Kurrent) was almost always used in Austrian church books, old documents, land registers, cadastres, etc. An exception are the areas of Istria, the coast and the karst area, where the Latin script was used.

Today we find numerous Slovene, German, Old German, Hungarian, Italian and Latin documents in the Gothic Textura.

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Do you need help reading old documents?

The table shows the individual Kurrent and Latin letters. In this way, reading numerous documents is made easier.