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- From: "HUGHES,MARK (Non-HP-FtCollins,ex1)" <email@example.com>
- To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 11:54:29 -0700
>From: John Cowan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>A few weeks ago, Mark Hughes wrote:
> > But the
> > apostrophe is an essential character in Klingon, so you can't currently
> > write Klingon XML markup. Given that there are more Klingon users and
> > programmers than some of the omitted scripts (there's even a Klingon
> > programming language, var'aq), this is obviously a dire flaw in XML.
>I blew this off at the time, but of course Klingon native-language
>markup *is* supported. You simply must use U+02BC MODIFIER LETTER
>APOSTROPHE, which looks like the ASCII apostrophe in its curly
>form, but is explicitly a letter.
I wasn't totally joking there; Klingon is a silly and unspeakable
language (it rips up human throats too much for real use, though I've had
short conversations in it in the past when I was more fluent), but it has
a lot to commend it - it's very direct and precise (like a sharp knife).
I'm not happy with the idea of using a non-ASCII character that I can't
type on my keyboard instead of an apostrophe, though, especially given
that Romanized Klingon specifically uses the ASCII apostrophe - so you'd
use apostrophe in content and U+02BC in markup. That'd make searching
through a document or doing software text matching a pain.
Still, at least it *can* be done.
-- <a href="http://kuoi.asui.uidaho.edu/~kamikaze/"> Mark Hughes </a>