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The disappeared conlang (and: Character sets)

From:Boudewijn Rempt <boud@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 20:21
On Tue, 22 Jan 2002, Christophe Grandsire wrote:

> > So as a rule of thumb, let's restrict ourselves to 7-bit ASCII as much as > possible, by making for instance special transcriptions for mail (after all, > that's what Greek speakers do on a daily basis), use Latin-1 as little as > possible, only when we feel it's necessary (I tend to do it automatically when > I write French, sorry :( ), and with explanations for the signs that may not > pass correctly. Ban Unicode, UTF-8 and other fancy encodings. There will always > be people at the other end who cannot receive them corectly. If you really want > to use those, make a webpage and post the URL. It's not as difficult as you > think (and I speak of experience :)) ). >
As Lars and I found out, the listserv itself mangles Unicode (and utf-8, and I thought even Latin-1). Nobody's mailer is going to magically solve the bug in the listserv... Ob conlang: I've now arrived in my novel at a point where I needed a nice stretch of classical Charyan. I started rummaging in my files (which stretch back to the halcyon days of my first PC-XT), and found nothing. I thought I had made a grammar for the language, once, and I do have a lot of words... Then I went back to my paper archives. Those occupy (together with Irina's) a whole wall in the guest room. No grammar either, only a short note that was obviously written when I was much enamoured with Classical Chinese, and which is completely opaque to me, now... So there I am -- Manxu is teaching Murxao classical Charyan, and I have to fill in the examples with XXX! This conlang appears to be no more -- it's a goner -- it's giving the glottal fricatives -- it won't go SOV if you put a thousand volts in it. And now I have a difficult choice -- continue writing a pace of 5000 words a week, or take an undefined period of time to re-construct it. Boudewijn Rempt |


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Y.Penzev <isaacp@...>
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