Batasan is an alternative script for Indonesian invented by Rahadyan Wishnu Byantoro in 2020 during Covid-19 pandemic. The name is derived from Indonesian word batasan, which means "limitation". Humans are always faced with limitations, but we can always face these challenges.
This writing system was created during a global pandemic where the world is united in facing common challenges. It was inspired by letters from around the world, which represent the spirit of togetherness and the same feeling about the limitations we are experiencing together during the global pandemic.
Batasan combines western and eastern letters, as well as some homemade letters. The letters are as minimal as possible and as artistic as possible, so that they are easy to write and read on handwritten notes or digital writing.
The Rp symbol represents the rupiah, the Indonesian currency. It is a combination of the letters R and P, forming a bayan-shaped symbol. The bayan tree represents the third principle of Indonesian's pancasila - a unified Indonesia.
Download an alphabet chart for Batasan (Excel)
Further details of Batasan with examples (PDF)
Semua orang dilahirkan merdeka dan mempunyai martabat dan hak-hak yang sama. Mereka dikaruniai akal dan hati nurani dan hendaknya bergaul satu sama lain dalam semangat persaudaraan.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Currently there is a simple font for Batasan. There will be upgrade for more complete punctuation in the future developments. If you want a copy of the font, or have any question about Batasan you can contact Wishnu at: rawisbya[at]gmail[dot]com
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