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Re: Kamakawi Orthography

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Thursday, March 20, 2008, 19:27
Thanks very much for the comments, all!

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

I originally wanted them to look like Egyptian hieroglyphs--
actual line drawings--but (1) I reasoned that if people were
actually writing them, they'd get simplified; and (2) it became
difficult to draw semi-realistically on the computer.  I have an
entire syllabary written in the old way, and then I "aged" that
syllabary, trying to turn it all into images comprised of single
strokes (more strokes; fewer curves).  Then I tried to make
sure all the rest of the glyphs looked like that.

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.

Actually, there is a real table.  :)  However, as you can see if you
go and take a look at it...

<>'s useless without the font.  Oh, but I see: you're suggesting
that I make each glyph into an image and put *them* in a table?
You know, that certainly would make the mouse-over job easier
(as opposed to having to draw up coordinates for each cell), but,
man, it would take a long time to generate all those images...

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.

I was unfamiliar with CSS sprites until now (just went web-hunting).
Pretty cool!  I bet I could do that for all my orthography pages...

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 bet I could also make it so that a red border appears around the box
you're at so you can keep track of where you are...

I'd also
have each glyph link to its associated glossary entry, if there is

Not yet, but if I do do it, it'll be based on Arthaey's (which is
still the
one I like the best, of all those I've seen).

Well, I'm off: there is much work to be done!

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>