From: Rick Cameron (Rick.Cameron@crystaldecisions.com)
Date: Thu Feb 13 2003 - 15:54:43 EST
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Edward H Trager [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> On Thu, 13 Feb 2003, Rick Cameron wrote:
> > The Win32 API includes a function that can do this folding,
> on Windows
> > NT/2000/XP: LCMapString, with the option
> LCMAP_SIMPLIFIED_CHINESE or
> > LCMAP_TRADITIONAL_CHINESE.
> > I know little about Chinese, but I have the impression that
> it is much
> > more common for several traditional characters to correspond to one
> > simplified character than vice versa. If that's true, it
> seems to me
> > that it would make most sense to fold to simplified.
> > - rick
> Hmmm ... Suppose I'm searching for some relatively obscure
> traditional character that occurs mostly in Wen Yen (u+6587
> u+8A00 : Classical
> Chinese) and has a very specific meaning in Classical
> Chinese. This character gets "folded" or "mapped" to a
> fairly common character in modern bai hua (u+767D u+8BDD)
> Chinese, and then the search proceeds. The result set
> contains hundreds or thousands of irrelevant results related
> to the modern meaning, and I still have to sift through them
> looking for the needles in the haystack. I'll try to provide
> a concrete example once I think of one ... it's been a long
> time since I studied Classical Chinese.
One solution would be for the user to indicate whether she wanted
simplified/traditional folding to be done.
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