How would I represent multiple transliterations for one phoneme in a chart?

I was thinking something like this: ⟨k~q⟩ /k/

It might work, though it doesn't make the most sense, and I would prefer to use the more common method [if there is one.]

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    Your method idea sounds good. You could also add a footnote to the effect of "An alternate glyph for <xyz> is ...".
    – Qaziquza
    Commented Sep 7, 2022 at 20:39

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I would use a comma: ⟨k⟩, ⟨q⟩.

The tilde is a reasonable option, since it means "alternates with depending on context" (i.e. /k~q/ is a phoneme where [k] alternates with [q]), but I also associate it very strongly with phonology; when first seeing ⟨k~q⟩ /k/ I mentally transposed the brackets and thought the glyph ⟨k⟩ meant the phoneme /k~q/.

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    I was looking at some wikipedia pages on orthography a few minutes ago, and I seen it was represented like this: ⟨k/q⟩ So, that's an alternative too. Commented Sep 7, 2022 at 22:52

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