tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sun May 17 12:27:44 2009

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Re: recent boing boing post and Unicode

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I highly recommend human editing, regardless of the automation used.  
Nothing is foolproof. Fools can be so inventive.


On May 17, 2009, at 10:08 AM, ghunchu'wI' wrote:

> 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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