By Eric Abrahamsen, published


# 1.   

Good question about Tibetan. I'm not sure, but from what I've seen on different Tibetan input methods, those Chinese characters have nothing to do with what you input, it's just what you end up seeing if you have unicode encoding set on your browser and don't have a Tibetan font package installed. Tibetan input seems to involve either a) the Wylie transliteration system, or b) 藏文输入法. That's just a guess though, I haven't installed one myself.

davesgonechina, November 20, 2007, 1:59p.m.

# 2.   

Confirming what davesgonechina says, what we see on the page you linked is analogous to the 乱码 we used to see when trying to view Chinese websites on other peoples' computers back before Chinese/Unicode fonts became ubiquitous. When Tibetan hits the big time and gets added into common Unicode fonts, the above page will be perfectly legible having to install the right fonts.

Micah Sittig, November 20, 2007, 9:17p.m.

# 3.   

Aha, so that's what's going on. I suppose it makes sense, but I'm surprised that the Unicode elves haven't made space for Tibetan yet. Thanks for the info!

Eric Abrahamsen, November 21, 2007, 6:52a.m.

# 4.   

All your Tibetan input and fontifying needs met and more: I used to use a stand-alone entry method called Sambhota (iirc) for Windows that involved entering as per the Wylie romanisation; it waited until you'd piled up a fun-packed morpheme then it would pop up for viewing. I also find your baseless slur on the elegant offering of advice on your financial affairs by the considerate cash machine yet further evidence that you may bequeath a younger nation a language but sadly are unable to prevent it squandering the finer jewels thereof. Silliness aside, it's a survival of the older meaning of advice as a formal notice of a transaction, but I'm sure you knew that.

Jim, November 22, 2007, 10:32p.m.

# 5.   

But of course I have the greatest respect for the Old Mother Tongue, it just seems unfortunate that we should continue to bequeath its archaisms to an even younger nation. The rash of the WC is only just receding; would we have them referring to lawyers as 'barristers' or to a person as a 'wight'? When the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall requests that we leave our 'gripsacks' at the front desk, should we not protest?

Stop by more often! We need more trans-Atlantic balance.

Eric Abrahamsen, December 4, 2007, 4:26a.m.


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