--- peter karlsson <email@example.com> wrote: > Marko Mäkelä: > > > Does someone on this list have knowledge of Japanese character sets? Me. I can read and write Hirigana and Katakana, but I only know a few Kanji. For those that don't know the difference, Hirigana and Katakana (collectively "Kana") are syllabic symbols, not an alphabet in the Western sense. Each symbol (with the exception of "N") is a consonant- vowel pair. It makes for interesting transliterations of western words because you can't have adjacent consonants making words like "McDonald's Hamburger" tough to say. Kanji are borrowed Chinese symbols that are pictographic in origin, and can mean a variety of things depending on context. To be minimally literate in Japan requires knowning the approximately 50 Hirigana symbols. To be functionally literate requires both sets of Kana (about 100 total) and about 2000 Kanji. I have a _looong_ way to go. Hirigana are used as grammatical endings of Kanji verbs and to spell native Japanese words. Katakana are used for emphasis, like we use italics, for telegrams, like we use all caps, and foreign words. They are simpler and more angular, making them easier to represent in dot-matrix form. There was a Katakana ROM set for the DECwriter console printers of the 1970s, my first exposure to them. > > It'd be interesting to see whether the Japanese (Kanji?) character set of > > the VIC-1001 is complete, or if some characters are missing. I would expect that there had better be about 48-50 Kana or you can't spell most words. There are a couple archaic ones in the "W" row that are somewhat optional, but you kinda need "A-I-U-E-O, KA-KI-KU-KE-KO, SA-SHI-SU-SE-SO", etc. > A good check would be to compare to the code charts at > http://www.unicode.org/charts/ (I am guessing that it is Hiragana that is > used on the VIC). Katakana are easier to draw on a simple grid, so that's what I would expect. > And while you're at it, http://www.df.lth.se/~triad/krad/recode/petscii.html > is a good place to contribute a conversion table to... :) I tried to visit it, but I got lots of 404 errors. I would be happy to make a conversion chart, but what format would be useful to people? A simple PETSCII grid? -ethan ===== Visit "The Seventh Continent" http://penguincentral.com/penguincentral.html __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Listen to your Yahoo! Mail messages from any phone. http://phone.yahoo.com Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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