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Re: Unicode encoding of Tengwar

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  • Michael Everson
    ... w it.Yes, this is a bit of a problem for input and searching given most people s= expectations. Yes, things like thære are a problem.
    Message 1 of 11 , Aug 11, 2003
      --- In elfscript@yahoogroups.com, "david_hopwood2002" <
      david.hopwood@z...> wrote:

      > An alternative (fourth) approach encodes the tehtar twice: a set of
      > "preceding tehtar", and a set of "following tehtar". Equivalently,
      > the vowels can be thought of as being in three sets: Quenya-style,
      > Sindarind-style and Beleriand-style (the correspondance between these
      > sets should be reflected in the encoding).
      >
      > Here are some of Michael Everson's examples encoded using this
      > approach:
      >
      > +e = following tehta above
      > _e = following tehta below
      > e+ = preceding tehta above
      > e = full vowel
      >
      > language/style word encoding
      > -----------------------------------------------------
      > Quenya nelde n +e ld +e
      > Quenya neltildi n +e l t +i ld +i
      > Sindarin neled n e+ l e+ d
      > Sindarin nelthil n e+ l th i+ l
      > Beleriand neled n e l e d
      > Beleriand nelthil n e l th i l
      > English/Quenya animal ^ +a n +i m +a l
      > English/Sindarin animal a+ n i+ m a+ l
      > English/Beleriand animal a n i m a l
      > Old English mihton m i+ h ZWJ t o+ n
      > Old English <thorn><ae>re th ae+ r _e
      >
      > [A much nicer .gif illustration of this is at
      > <http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/hopwood/unicode/tengwar.gif>.]

      This won't work. If the tehtar are defined as combining marks, they MUST
      follow a base character. Thus

      ee-
      nld = neled i.e. ne-le-d; writing

      -ee
      nld = nlede i.e. n-le-de
      Though of course you can read (pronounce) this any way you like; Unicode
      does not allow a combining character to attach itself to letters that follo=
      w it.

      Yes, this is a bit of a problem for input and searching given most people's=

      expectations. Yes, things like thære are a problem.
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