Q'eqchi' or Kekchi is a Mayan language spoken by about 423,500 people in Guatemala and Belize. Q'eqchi' speakers are found mainly in the departments of Alta Verapaz, Petén, Izabal, Baja Verapaz, and El Quiché of Guatemala, and in the Toledo district of Belize.
A number of orthographies have been developed for Q'eqchi', two of which are widely used: one was developed in the 1950s and 1960s by researchers from the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), particularly Guillermo Sedat, Francis Eachus and Ruth Carlson. This orthography was used to produce a Q'eqchi' version of the Bible and a number of other texts and remains popular even though it is no longer considered standard. A newer orthography developed in 1980s and 1990s by the Proyecto Lingüistico Francisco Marroquin has become the standard written form of Q'eqchi' in Guatemala.