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On Wed, 19 Jul 2000, Gerald Koenig wrote:
> >From: Sylvia Sotomayor <[log in to unmask]>
> >Subject:      Re: Unicode, Amaya, Vector Tense
>
> Hi, Sylvia,
>
> I just looked at the dictionary. I like the format. I found the use of
> very general case-unidentified pronouns interesting, it
> reminded me of Jack's preference for general forms in Tokcir.
> It seems the tilde-n is used to indicate agentive roles, is this right?
>
Not exactly. The n-tilde is part of a particle that signals that this sentence
will have both an agent and a patient. It is then (usually) combined with a
pronoun that tells you who the agent and patient are.  And, yes, the pronouns
don't tell much more than person.  Though, the order they come in will
sometimes tell you more. The grammar should explain this a little better. It's
always hard to explain things when *you* know what is going on.

>
> Fascinating patterns, I felt lost in a maze after a while. Does one come
> to recognize the patterns or does it take a verbal description like,
> "goes over , under , around" to read easily? It seems the "twists only"
> rule for information carrying allows so much variation in the visual
> pattern it's almost a code. These put me in mind of the topology of
> knots and I once heard that Mayans or Aztecs would use knots to store
> numbers etc. A change of color from letter to letter would make
> for legibility, but maybe that's the opposite of what you want.

Knotwork is fun. I've always liked the old Celtic patterns, and I was playing
around with them one day, and came up with an alphabet. One has to be careful
not to make the patterns too similar, otherwise one letter will too easily turn
into something else. And, yes, it is designed to be illegible to the
uninitiated.  Only priests (or something) knew how to read this.
>
> >
> >Back to Amaya, though. I also pointed it at my test pages.
> >(http://home.netcom.com/~sylvia1/Webtest/webtest.html), and the results were
> >interesting. The color page looked fine, but the only place where I liked its
> >display better than Netscape's was the css page. There it went ahead and drew
> >the HR in pink like it was supposed to. On the other hand, it didn't display
> >the background color for the page. Oh well.
> Amaya has many problems which the authors frankly discuss, and they fix
> them pretty fast. It's mainly designed to test standards and is pretty
> much out of sync. with commercial browsers. As far as I know though,
> it's the only way to currently read and write math on the web. The web
> page I put up is my very first and I did it with vi, ftp, and Amaya,
> although I have HTML-kit and Composer and Microsoft's whatever on
> my machine; I have so much to learn it's daunting.
>
> going now to check out the Kelen main page,
>
> Jerry
>
> >
> >Sylvia
> >
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