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Re: Klingon orthography (was: Okrand at qep'a')

MorphemeAddict ( [KLI Member] [Hol taghwI']

In a message dated 6/23/2009 10:42:00 Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> I for one agree with Michael.  I don't see it at all as being an issue of 
> whether or not tlhIngan Hol will survive.  There doesn't seem to be any 
> question about that.  It's a problem related to legibility and data 
> integrity.  When MO created the writing system, such things as auto-correcting Word 
> processors and the internet weren't issues like they are now.  The 
> supposition that data might get pushed through an all caps filter is not 
> unreasonable.  On the contrary.  In this day and age, it's unlikely that data 
> wouldn't, at some point in its life span, at least get pushed through a filter 
> that would regularize the cases to English (or some other) standard.  That 
> would make the text unreadable.  Add to that the issues of searchability and 
> storage, I think it would be wise to look seriously at an orthography reform.

Changing normal Klingon to all upper or all lowercase does not make a text 
unreadable.  Ambiguity is introduced, but it's trivial.  There are very few 
words that are distinguished by "q" vs. "Q".  These are resolved by context. 
 So this "problem" isn't really a problem.  

lay'tel SIvten

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