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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:12 am    Post subject: Why is OpenOffice concidered "useless" for these F Reply with quote

Why is OpenOffice concidered "useless" for these Font needs?
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To: Harald Sundt <h_sundt@pop.efn.org>
Subject: Re: The Future of TCC
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Dear Harald,
thanks for your e-mail.

Firstly, TibetDoc and TibetD Reader are c applications that are custom coded for Windows. The small size of the Mac and Unix user-base for these applications makes it prohibitively expensive to do the same coding for either of these platforms.

Secondly, we have a version of TibetD Reader that has been coded for the Macintosh and which will run on Windows and Unix/Linux. We make this available for the Mac platform at the moment. Perhaps we will make it available as a single, cross-platform solution later.

The assignment of fonts and characters is controlled in *all* of the programs internally. It has to be that way. We have investigated Open Office as a potential solution. We found it to be useless for our needs. Therefore, we do not support nor recommend Open Office.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you explain what the issue is here? The letter really doesn't give enough explanation.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To Leo:

I understand that you need an application for using tibetan Language (probably in Linux, from PKTC answer).

PKTC seems to be a company that produces such software (TibetDoc) for windows
http://www.tibet.dk/tcc/
I'm not sure if such a company is interested in having OpenOffice as a "competitor".

One os this Forum's "SUPER-USERS" is Bhikkhu Pesala. I suspect that when he notices your post, he will give you an authoritative feedback on Tibetan issues...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Westland wrote:
TOne os this Forum's "SUPER-USERS" is Bhikkhu Pesala. I suspect that when he notices your post, he will give you an authoritative feedback on Tibetan issues...

Pāli is a lot different to Tibetan.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To Bhikkhu Pesala:

Sorry. Embarassed

By the way, where is Pāli spoken (or used) ?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Westland wrote:
By the way, where is Pāli spoken (or used) ?

Pāli is the scriptural language of Buddhism.
We use letters with diacritics (accents) like āīūḍḷṃṇṅṭ for writling Pāḷi in Latin script. Pāḷi has no script of its own, but can be transliterated into other scripts such as Burmese, Thai, or Roman (latin) scripts. The teachings were handed down by Oral transmission for several hundred years, first being recorded on palm leaves in Sri Lanka, in Sinhala script. This is modern Sinhala:


This is Tibetan script:


Unicode allow users to type in most scripts if they have the right font. I don't understand the issues about Tibetan nor why Open Office is unsuitable for their project.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't understand the issues about Tibetan nor why Open Office is unsuitable for their project.


I've checked some info from PKTC:
http://www.tibet.dk/tcc/download/50wdmanual.zip
For me, "characters" of Pāli an Tibetan don't look very different. Well, Italian, Russian and Icelandic must look similar to other people...

If you bother checking this link, you will find, on page 83(84) some flourishes, like "initial ornaments"

Is there the same concept in Pāli ?
I find those "characters" very pleasing, from the typographical point of view. I think it it very appealing the idea of using, in western texts, "swashes" that can have a "hidden" meaning.


Post EDIT: I'm sorry: I missed the actual Pāli text on your post. (is quite small) .The two languages are, in fact, very different !
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