xifan hol

xifan hol is a non-official term used by Klingonists to refer to a special key mapping of computer fonts displaying klingon letters known as pIqaD. The background for its existence is that there is no international standard (i.e. Unicode) for Klingon letters. The first Klingon computer font was published by the KLI, who had the pIqaD letters on upper case keys. Lower case keys showed other Klingon letters.

The xifan hol method has all letters in lower case and uses the z as the apostrophe.


Sometimes, software cannot easily be taught the difference between lower case q and upper case Q or it may cause problems having an apostrophe in software. To avoid this, one can use the xifan hol system. Some people also prefer this mapping, since it makes typing on small devices easier, for instance when using the software boQwI'.

Klingon letter a b ch D e gh H I j l m n ng o p q Q r S t tlh u v w y ' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 , .
typed letter a b c d e g h i j l m n f o p k q r s t x u v w y z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 , .
displayed letter a b c d e g h i j l m n f o p k q r s t x u v w y z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 , .


The xifan hol system is used for writing pIqaD in this wiki:
  • Type the code %PIQAD{"xifan hol"}% to get xifan hol.
  • Type the code %IPA{"xifan hol"}% to get [xifan hol].

The boQwI' vocabulary app has the option to type words using the xifan hol mapping.

Compatible fonts

After the xifan hol method had become used widely in software, newer font designers followed the pattern and assigned their letters to the same keys.
  • KApIqaD by Klingonska Akademien
  • Discovery pIqaD by Lieven
  • Klingon IPA Symbols by Lieven
  • Klingon Pronunciation guide by Lieven

xifan hol based puns

It is widely known that Marc Okrand includes wordplays (socalled puns) when creating new words. In few cases, the plays are based on the letter mapping of xifan hol.

word translation pun explanation
ngItHel violinlike instrument fithel fiddle, in Middle English spelling
ngonDer nostalgia fonder absence makes the heart grow...
nguy scoff fuy fooey, an expression of disdain
tlhapragh monster xaprag reverse to "garpax", the record company
vI'Ir tide vizir brand name
ngayvo'wan working pants 501 brand name

Category: General    Latest edit: 24 Nov 2022, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 24 Aug 2021 by KlingonTeacher
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