Kyrgyz Wikipedia

Posted in Computing, Language at 10:46 am by Mithridates

Via Learning Kyrgyz, the (very) preliminary Kyrgyz Wikipedia.


Monday Miscellany II

Posted in Books, Computing, Culture, History, Language, Philately at 11:34 am by Mithridates


Just Call Me Collyer

Posted in Books, Computing at 4:03 am by Mithridates

     I bought two bookcases this weekend, as the piles of unshelvable books were getting out of hand. These are probably the last two, as I’ve now run out of room to put bookcases. I guess I’ll have to get a bigger house.
     In any case, I use Readerware to catalog my books. It’s very convenient for new books, as it can read barcodes and automatically download their information from online sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Library of Congress. I’ve cataloged >90% of my books, a process which has been going on for some time now. It beats buying books in triplicate.



Posted in Computing, Language at 2:17 pm by Mithridates

I just ordered a copy of Shoebox, lexicographical software commonly used by linguists working in the field. It was created by the Summer Institute of Linguistics, the caretakers of Ethnologue. I had known about it for some time, but what finally pushed me to buy a copy was my rediscovery of this article by Sean Burke (creator of the LWP Perl module) on creating nicely formatted dictionary pages from Shoebox files. Some additional Shoebox-conversion links are available at this post on LanguageLog.


Gallery of Unicode Fonts

Posted in Computing, General, Language at 9:36 pm by Mithridates

An extensive Gallery of Unicode Fonts, at a site that purports to provide four basic travel phrases in many languages. Is the Hittite accurate?


Hello Fada

Posted in Computing, General, Language at 5:25 pm by Mithridates

Language Hat left a comment to this post of Irish links asking why he couldn’t see the fada’s (accute accent marks) on the letters on some pages; in Firefox, they are replaced with question marks in black diamonds (in IE, I think, they are replaced by various symbols, including Chinese characters). There are two issues here. The first, over which the viewer has no control, is how the web page in question is encoded. Specifically, the issue is whether it is Unicode compliant. The second is the encoding setting of your browser; this should match the encoding of the web page to see everything properly. In the case of this page of Irish stories, the encoding is not Unicode-compliant, and so the question marks appear. The default encoding in Firefox is UTF-8 (Unicode). Switch this by going to the View menu, highlighting Character Encoding, and selecting Western (ISO 8859-1). The steps are similar in IE. The characters should appear correctly now. Both IE and Firefox have an option for auto-detecting the encoding; this is turned off by default in Firefox.