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Re: recent boing boing post and Unicode

ghunchu'wI' (

On May 17, 2009, at 12:12 PM, Terrence Donnelly wrote:

> All those are more philosophical problems than technical. Once  
> you've decided what resources your target font(s) provide and what  
> you'll use to replace the various punctuation marks, substitution  
> is easy, easier than dealing with the digraphs.

It can be harder in some cases, depending on the philosophical  
choice.  For example, quotation marks are not necessarily context- 
free.  If you decide to replace "word" with «mu'» you have the  
problem of determining which guillemet to use to replace the ditto mark.

I dealt with this in my own programming by picking the philosophical  
choice that made the technical ones irrelevant.  I chose to render  
Unicode PUA pIqaD by keeping punctuation intact and substituting only  
words composed entirely of Romanized Klingon characters/polygraphs.   
This transformation is fully reversible -- in fact, my goal in doing  
it was to Romanize pIqaD in order for me to read http:// on a system which had no Unicode pIqaD support.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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