[tlhIngan Hol] pIqaD in Unicode--again

Felix Malmenbeck felixm at kth.se
Wed Nov 9 12:37:43 PST 2016


I'd recommend adding some more examples of use by the Klingon-speaking community and random folks, rather than focusing CBS/Paramount sources. After all, we've been using this writing system since before it was cool, and it makes the argument that there's a community behind it, rather than just a company.

To name some examples:

Every day, chaDQI posts original pIqaD calligraphy on Instagram, normally tagged #klingonshodo:

Every day, qurgh's Klingon Word of the Day on Facebook supplies pIqaD transliterations for all words.

The Misfit Shine has product details written in pIqaD:

The app sBASSdrum had a press release written in pIqaD:

People have been playing Scrabble using pIqaD for more than a decade:
2004 source: http://www.lillsjon.net/~v108e/swecon.html
More recent source: http://www.klingonwiki.net/En/Scrabble

...and now there's also Bananagrams:

...and at least two versions of 2048:
iOS: https://scontent-arn2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10363505_10152422262290120_2156347043703533814_n.jpg?oh=989535f178f4c11112a29af2d0a63eb1&oe=588D426B
HTML5: https://scontent-arn2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10363505_10152422262290120_2156347043703533814_n.jpg?oh=989535f178f4c11112a29af2d0a63eb1&oe=588D426B

I've collected quite a few examples - large and small - using the Twitter account @pIqaD:


From: tlhIngan-Hol <tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org> on behalf of Mark Shoulson <mark at kli.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 02:16
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Subject: [tlhIngan Hol] pIqaD in Unicode--again

Thought I would let people here know, since I have sort of acted on my
own on this.  I've submitted another paper to the Unicode Consortium
asking to encode pIqaD finally:
http://www.unicode.org/L2/L2016/16329-piqad-returns.pdf  They always
said it wasn't encoded because people weren't using it: I disprove that
claim in the document.  The discussion on the mailing list there is
starting to heat up again; this time they're saying that there are
problems with Paramount's copyright and all, but that's also not
relevant, and even if it is, they should decide whether or not to encode
and *then* we'll worry about difficulties carrying that out.

Anyway, just informing folks.  I've been talking to various UTC members,
and the official UTC meeting is this week or next week or something, so
it will be brought up then and they'll probably have at least some sort
of response after that.  I'm not going to let them off the hook without
at least some *sensible* answer and a path forward (and an explanation
as to why the Tolkien alphabets, which apparently may also have
copyright issues, are on the Roadmap, even if they aren't encoded, while
pIqaD is not only not on the roadmap, but given as an example on the
"Not on the Roadmap" page as something not worthy of being there.)  Just


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