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Re: recent boing boing post and Unicode

ghunchu'wI' (

On May 16, 2009, at 5:36 PM, Terrence Donnelly wrote:

> Writing an algorithm to convert romanized Hol to a pIqaD-friendly  
> format is relatively trivial.

If you can assume the source document is well-formed, and that it  
contains Klingon letters only, then it's easy.  It's not much harder  
to include a check for unreasonable alphabetic characters (e.g.  
"k").  But what do you do with punctuation?  Commas and periods have  
a traditional mapping to up- and down-pointing triangles, but that's  
it.  Do you map question marks to periods and rely on grammar to  
convey the difference?  Do you count semicolons and dashes as comma- 
like pauses as well?  What do you do with quotations?

Mixed-language source introduces an entirely different set of  
challenges, with the question of how to resolve them being somewhat  
more philosophical than technical.  /QQ/QQ0407.html? 
mode=XIFAN shows one possibility, though there are still glitches.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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