[tlhIngan Hol] qaghwI' vs. qaghwI’

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Oct 26 13:16:32 PDT 2017

Speaking as someone who often copies-and-pastes text from emails and websites into my notes, you never know which symbol/letter you’re going to get.  Depending on your display settings you may not be able to tell one from another.  But some forms are unsearchable -- or rather they are ignored when searching -- and have to be manually fixed.  So this discussion isn’t as esoteric as it sounds.


From: qurgh lungqIj

On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 3:49 PM, mayqel qunenoS <mihkoun at gmail.com<mailto:mihkoun at gmail.com>> wrote:
For what is worth, before reading this thread I hadn't even realized that there are two types of qaghwI'.

There's also a third one. The back-tick `. I've known a number of people who used that ONLY when writing Klingon.

As a programmer, using one and not the other is important, as they are all technically different characters to the computer. If someone tries to search Hol 'ampaS using ` or the curly one that I can't type with my keyboard layout, then they won't get any valid results. In fact, ` can actually break stuff as it has special usage when working with some database systems.

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