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Re: Klingon orthography

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What's with this fixation on q/Q? I'm sure that a German would, if  
insufficiently educated in English, give you a hard time about all  
those nouns you aren't capitalizing.

In the Klingon language, {q} and {Q} are different letters. Anybody  
who takes a message and screws with the case of either of these is  
corrupting the data. Most people don't corrupt the data. Most systems  
don't corrupt the data.

And Google? It's great for a lot of stuff. Klingon isn't one of those  
things it's great at.

And as for sorting, well, sorting is arbitrary. We choose to sort "a"  
before "b". It's a habit of ours. We learned it when we were very  
young, but if an entire culture consistently sorted "b" before "a"  
that would be right, too.

As it is, in order to sort in Okrandian order, I create a sorting  
field for each word and spell it in a way that forces the sort to be  
correct in my dictionary. In any other context, sorting is  

Likely, you will respond by repeating yourself yet again, as if you  
think we apparently didn't read the dozen or two previous posts you've  
already made in one day on the topic.



On Jun 24, 2009, at 6:25 PM, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 24 Jun 2009, at 21:11, Michael Roney, Jr. wrote:
>> When I do a search in a word processor, I simply X the box that says
>> "match case".
> Me too. But that's not available in all applications, and it doesn't
> address the question of casing operations, and it doesn't address the
> question of sorting.
> Michael Everson *

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