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Re: Piktok Re: Q's Re: A conlang idea rolling around in my head

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Thursday, December 4, 2003, 6:04
--- David Peterson <ThatBlueCat@...> wrote:
> I like what I saw of Piktok--very elegant! And it > kind of leads me to my > next question. If you were to design a graphic > language like this, is there an > easy way to do it on the computer? It seems like > you'd either have to do it > all by hand, or come up with a way to number/name > each glyph on the computer, > or go through and create an elaborate font/series of > pictures before even > knowing if they were going to be the final forms. > > That's it. Thanks for the input! > > -David >
About three or four years ago I wrote a computer program to generate glyphs based on the scheme of assembling pieces as shown on hte preliminary Piktok site. I let it continue running when I went to bed and when I got up the next morning the program had crashed because it had filled up my 40 gig hard drive with glyph images. Millions and millions and millions of glyph images! I changed the program to not draw the glyph bitmaps to disk, but only to count the possibilities. The number was in the billions. I can't think of any way to use the computer for generating glyphs without being utterly swamped in billions of glyphs, and, because of the unimaginable volume, there's no way to filter them out by hand and pick the good ones. So short of programming in some kind of aesthetic selection criteria I guess generating them by hand as needed might be the best way. Either that or I could write a program that generated glyphs at random. Then when I needed a glyph I could run the program and have it dispaly a page full of a few thousand glyphs and just visually scan for one that seemed to fit with the concept I'm trying to fit a glyph to. I'll have to give it some further thought. --gary