Re: Klingon vs. Ogham

From: Mark E. Shoulson (
Date: Fri Oct 17 2003 - 12:59:24 CST

Michael Everson wrote:

>> It strikes me that the controversy about Klingon has more to do with
>> its fictional origins than number of users. Is this not true?
> I don't think so. We will certainly encode Tengwar and Cirth, which
> have corpora of documents in them. Klingonists universally prefer
> Latin, and it was the judgement of the UTC that the usage criteria
> hadn't been met.

And of course, there's all that discussion on Tolkien languages
online... all of which used Latin transliteration (with slightly varying
standards too: accented vowels, doubled vowels, tripled sometimes, etc
etc. "More than one orthography"). This gets back to "everything's a
code of Latin" again.


P.S. Make no mistake. To the extent that there are "degrees" of this,
while I think Klingon should get encoded, I certainly think tengwar and
cirth et al deserve to be encoded "more" than Klingon does.

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