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Re: Orthography typesetter!

From:Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>
Date:Friday, May 17, 2002, 14:54
That looks SOooo cool!  I wish I had that program


--- "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...> wrote:
> Hi all, > > More updates about my conlang (I seem to be hitting > an inspirational trend > here...): > > I've just written a raw orthography to LaTeX > generator. > > As you may or may not know, my conlang has 27 > consonants and 9 vowels > (with length, pitch accent, breathing, and nasality) > -- way more than can > be represented by the Roman alphabet (esp. in > ASCII). Hence, the > orthography (in ASCII) is less than pleasant: I've > had to resort to > capital letters (ugh) and digits, and double-letters > to represent vowel > length. Not to mention seriously ugly-looking ticks > and apostrophes and > tildes, potentially all stringing off a single vowel > letter, to represent > vowel breathing, nasality, etc.. > > But now, I've finally found a way to have a sane > orthography that doesn't > make your eyes cross when you try to read it. (OK, > it may still make your > eyes cross if you don't know the language, but hey > :-P) As you may or may > not know, LaTeX/TeX is an extremely powerful > typesetting tool that can > handle, amongst many difficult things, the placing > of complex diacritics > on characters. I've devised a more compact > representation of my conlang's > orthography using multiple diacritics per letter as > necessary (which, > incidentally, is how I write it on paper -- those > ugly double-letters, > etc., are a compromise for ASCII). > > And now, I have created a shiny new toy, the > orthography-to-LaTeX > convertor, which takes what I type in the original, > ugly ASCII > representation, and outputs the LaTeX equivalent > that would typeset very > nicely. And I'm very pleased with the results so > far. > > For those who were part of the Translation Relay > Ring 2 some time ago, you > may take a look at a more readable version of my > entry here: > > PostScript (recommended, this is MUCH higher > quality): > >
> > PDF (only if you're one of those deprived of > PS-viewing tools :-P): > >
> > I have two versions of the text here: one is with > full accents, to help a > beginner know where the accents are; and one with > accents only on stressed > words, which is closer to how the native script > would be written. (The > native script omits accent markings on unstressed > words except in > ambiguous cases, the assumption being that the > reader would know where > they were supposed to go.) As you can see, this is a > LOT more readable > than something that goes: > ni biz3t30' d3 bii'l3ni. ... > > Currently, I have a longer story (it actually fills > one page on the LaTeX > output!) which I've also typeset with my new toy, > with remarkably > beautiful results. But I'm still working on > editorial changes to the text > itself, so you people would have to wait for a bit > before you see it ;-) > > > T > > -- > One who has not yet appreciated the beauty of > language is not worthy to > bemoan its flaws.
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