I Made Up My Mind (was: Boreanesian in the Web)
|From:||Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 4, 2001, 23:55|
First of all, I want to appologize for not participating actively
this past week in the discussion about all this...
Roger Mills wrote:
> Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> Kristian Jensen wrote:
> >>Vowels is a problem though. I need the ogonek (nasal
> >> hook) on accented and unaccented <i> <e> <a> <u>. AFAIK, HTML cannot
> render these at all.
> That's true; but "oddities"like ogonek in Unicode aren't going to show up on
> lots of browsers (e.g. mine). HTML does have all five vowels with grave,
> acute, umlaut and circumflex; you could underline for some added feature..?
> >Why not a superscript 'n' for that? Superscripts and subscripts are quite
> >to make.
I want the romanization scheme to appear as if it represented a real-
life non-minority language. AFAIK, there are no major languages out
there with a romanization scheme using a superscript <n>. If there is
please tell me so that I can perhaps be inspired -- if its not too late.
> >> I'm almost entirely HTML illiterate, I'm afraid. What I was thinking
> >> of
> >> doing was simply saving my Word documents as HTML. Of course, there is
> >> no guarantee that this is 100% safe.
> >Moreover, it makes monstruous webpages, trust me :) . I can teach you the
> >basics of HTML, at least enough to do simple pages like mine. It's quite
> >in fact. But if I have to do it by e-mail, we have to be sure that your
> >program doesn't translate HTML :)) . Or you can look on Internet. There are
> >plenty of pages about learning HTML.
> Christophe has given me much the same advice, and he is correct. (Though it
> is taking my fossilized brain more than an hour to absorb "enough" HTML.
> Tables-- aargh).
> >> Come to think of it, the safest conversion that I know of is PDF. The
> >> Acrobat Reader is free for download and once installed can be used
> >> together with a browser.
> Obviously a consideration for any writer is that the text LOOK GOOD. So
> from that point of view, PDF may be your solution. (All the lengthy papers
> at the Rutgers Optimality Archive are PDFs, and have some very complicated
> formatting. I've had trouble downloading some of them, but that's another
After reading about all the pros and cons, I made up my mind
about how I'm going to present Boreanesian in the web. I've
decided to take the best of both worlds and present some of the
Boreanesian data in HTML and some in PDF. The ethnographic data
will be in HTML while the linguistic data in PDF. The reason
for this is because the linguistic data requires some very
complicate formating -- especially the the chapter on phonology.
Also I don't really have the heart nor the patience to redo the
entire paper if I were to choose another romanization scheme. The
ethnographic data, on the other hand, does not require such
complicated formatting and HTML will suffice.