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Re: Conlang software ideas

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Monday, May 8, 2000, 1:40
On Sun, 7 May 2000 16:50:55 +0200, Boudewijn Rempt
<bsarempt@...> wrote:

>I'm quite close to producing a usable Unicode editor, myself. What I >need to do is integrate the editor I already have with a >point-and-click character entry interface, and the basics are ready. >The problem with Unicode and conlangs is that while there are a lot >of conlang fonts, none of them have a Unicode encoding. There's a >fairly usable Java Unicode editor that can run inside a browser, >and Yudit is usable, too.
(One of these days I'm going to have to get around to installing Linux.) I can fairly easily change the encoding of a font with Fontographer. It's a little time-consuming, but not difficult. I haven't done that yet because typing with an 8-bit character set is easier than manually clicking on characters on at a time in the Symbol menu in Word. But I could make Unicode versions of the Olaetyan, Mizarian, and Zirinka scripts. I thought I also submitted a proposal for Lhoerr, but I don't see it at the ConScript Unicode Registry. Besides keyboard input, another reason that I wanted to write an editor is that some of my scripts require special handling of ligatures and vowel marks. Niskloz even has ligatures OF vowel marks! Kazvarad has context-sensitive forms of characters to avoid bumping into other nearby characters. A couple of scripts are written vertically. Admittedly, those are scripts I haven't used in a long, long time, but the awkwardness of using the scripts on the computer is one of the reasons I haven't used them. -- languages of Azir------> ----<>--- h i l r i . o "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any m l e @ o c m thing till they were sure it would offend no body, (Herman Miller) there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin