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Re: Kamakawi Orthography

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, March 20, 2008, 12:44

Just . . .Wow.

Very impressive, David.  I've never come up with anything
orthographically complex - even mapping the Roman alphabet is too many
characters for me to create individually, so I usually fall back on
some systematic derivation process.  That's just amazing.

At first blush the glyphs seem very Hanzi-esque.  Is that intentional,
or just due to the similar processes involved?

And I gotta ask - what does huhu mean?  The glyph is somewhat
suggestive given the English euphemism "hoo-hoo", or maybe I just have
a dirty mind. :)

Some technical web-posterating stuff:

I would advise putting it in an actual HTML table where the row and
column labels are actual text, and each glyph occupies one cell.  I
would still use the single giant image to avoid the overhead of
downloading a zillion tiny ones, though; you can use CSS sprites to
show only a single glyph per cell.  Make the ALT text of each image
the Romanized version of the morpheme represented by the glyph, to
assist the reader in tracking their position in the table.  I'd also
have each glyph link to its associated glossary entry, if there is


David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>