[Foundation-l] Automatic username transliteration for SUL

Andre Engels andreengels at gmail.com
Thu Dec 21 09:35:27 UTC 2006

2006/12/21, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com>:

> At issue is that the function of NOT seeing the characters, hence the
> ??????, is a function of your local system. It is easily remedied by
> installing fonts. These are for the majority of languages available as
> part of your operating system.

Well, I do see where this is not as easy as you might seem it to be. To do
this, you will need to know:
* which character set the name is in
* where to download a font for that language to install.

I am going around Wikipedia a lot, and sometimes get to languages where I
don't have a font installed. Usually I find those Wikipedias where such
problems arise (that is, those that are written in relatively rare alphabets
rather than Cyrillic or such) have a link to a downloadable freeware font on
an easy-to-find page (the Main Page or its talk page). But if someone would
use such a font on English Wikipedia, you might not even know whether it's
Thai, Kannada or Cree, let alone where to download a font.

Andre Engels, andreengels at gmail.com
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