Re: [elfscript] Mapping keyboard for real Tengwar usage
On Mon, 25 Feb 2002, Michael Adams wrote:
> "Dr. Berlin http://user.dtcc.edu/~berlin/ hosts a lot of foreign fonts
> such, and while I was messing around with Arabic, I discovered this
> program that you can download at:
The newest version (5.0) is available from www.tavultesoft.com.
> Arabic letters change shape depending on their position in a word. The
> Keyman program (running on windows 3.11, in my case, I don't know about
> other windows versions) changes these letter shapes automatically. It
> also be used to create keyboard drivers for say, French wich allows easy
> insertion of cicumflexed, umlauted and accented letters. It simply
> the letters on the screen based on the just typed character AND the
> characters before it."
> Creating Tengwar will be possible, but you will only have to program the
> driver first. It's not too hard though. But all the required characters
> have to be inside one single font file.
Well, all the required characters *are* in Dan Smith's font files,
although some of them are hard to type because they have high ascii
numbers (or ansi, I'm not sure).
I *did* create a driver for Keyman 5.0, both for Quenya and for
Sindarin/English. I think the Quenya driver is OK, since I actually took
the time to learn Quenya. The Sindarin/English one is not very accurate,
but at least it shows how to get the tehtar right in such languages.
The drivers/keyboards are available from www.ai.rug.nl/~flobbe/tengwar. If
you have any questionw on how to use them or what my code means, please
ask. There are some copyright issues about Keyman 5.0 I don't like, but I
think it's far better than the 3.2 version. Otherwise, it should be
possible to downgrade the source code.