Today I have been working on All Those Weird European Letters
Diacritics update: still working on it, but making progress.
@rutherford Looks good!
Czech has a bunch More Weird Letters if you are bored :)
@jakub One of my teachers is Slovakian, so I've had some introduction already :)
@rutherford you can add Romanian ones - Ă, Â, Î, Ș and Ț 😋
@rutherford It gets even weirder. Zażółć gęślą jaźń ;)
@rutherford hahaha so true :) It's a kind of code that even most of us doesn't understand fully. All I can say is that if your country doesn't exist for more than a century, you get really specific and cryptic with your own language because it's all that makes you who you are.
@gaeel yeah, the Vietnamese tone marks are fascinating and daunting in equal measure. Thankfully not part of the assignment I'm working on right now...
@rutherford I want it already.
@rutherford I think you forgot the uppercase ß: ẞ
haha jk you only need that for passports
@Lutrinus That's a can of worms I'm going to avoid for now, at least until I speak to some pros about it
@rutherford they just introduced it. Usually, if in german you write all caps, ß just becomes SS, so Straße -> STRASSE. On Passports, names have to be all caps, which is a problem if you have an ß in your name, because then your name is changed
@Lutrinus It's a controversial topic though, 'ß' has historically never had a capital form (and officially isn't even a letter). Some people strongly support it, but I have heard good arguments against.
@rutherford Yeah, but I guess it's just a legal formality. People would get in trouble at borders because their names were written differently on different documents. I've never used it.
@Lutrinus One could argue that educating passport control officials about the ß might be better than inventing a new symbol, but then again, I don't know the specifics.
It's certainly true that having a string with different character lengths depending on whether it's upper or lowercase could be problematic.
I have a hard time imagining any OCR-system at an airport that can’t deal with lowercase letters. They were able to do so in the 1960s.
@rutherford I would love to see you do katakanas/hiraganas.
@rutherford (no pressure)
@neauoire officially there's no Japanese on my course, but I have wanted to try designing some kana for a long time. Maybe a post-grad exercise?
In the meantime, Arabic has been satisfying my thirst for non-Latin writing scripts
@rutherford Looks good
Can I just say that... I'd type that?
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