From: Samuel Thibault (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jan 31 2009 - 15:25:00 CST
Let me first explain the context a bit: I'm working in brltty, a
screen reading daemon. It peeks the text of the screen as unicode
strings, converts it to braille, and renders that on a braille device.
As braille uses only 8-dot cells, there are sometimes ambiguities in the
translation. To solve them, brltty provides the user with a "descchar"
command that lets the user get information about a precise character ;
for now it just displays the unicode name of the character. However,
in the CJK compatibility planes, e.g. U+9000, we just get "CJK UNIFIED
IDEOGRAPH-9000" which is not particularly helpful to the user. I have
noticed that unicode.org provides a Unihan database which includes
information for such CJK characters, for instance for U+9000 there is
notably an english description:
U+9000 kDefinition step back, retreat, withdraw
and pronunciations in the various languages using it (various chinese,
japanese and korean languages).
However, that didn't completely fulfilled our needs: e.g. blind chinese
people who do not know english will not be able to understand the
english description, and the pronunciation is not enough since many
words have exactly the same pronunciation, and chinese braille actually
precisely encodes the pronunciation... Is there some standard that
would provide us with a localized description of each character?
This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Sat Jan 31 2009 - 15:56:49 CST