The Sixth Conversation Thread

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Salmoneus wrote: 26 Sep 2020 13:18 Is it just me for whom the board's spacing is now broken?
When I updated the phpbb version it overwrote some of the custom styling I had done before. What's different? As I haven't noticed the change.
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Ossicone wrote: 26 Sep 2020 21:58
Salmoneus wrote: 26 Sep 2020 13:18 Is it just me for whom the board's spacing is now broken?
When I updated the phpbb version it overwrote some of the custom styling I had done before. What's different? As I haven't noticed the change.
It's only happened today, not back when the board was last offline (that I noticed). It may just be me, I'll see if it still does it tomorrow.

The problem is that the first line of the post isn't allowed to occur until after the last line of the poster info in the box to the right. The boxes themselves are aligned, but it puts a big space in each post box before the post content itself (and correspondingly a big space at the bottom of each user box).

EDIT: in fact, even the post-engagement buttons (edit, report) are pushed down in this way - not just the content of the post.
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(Happy Stanislav Petrov Day everybody, incidentally)
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Salmoneus wrote: 27 Sep 2020 03:05 (Happy Stanislav Petrov Day everybody, incidentally)
Fascinating story!
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Just a random thought: I mainly use a Mac when doing conlang stuff because it's so easy to type accented characters on a Mac (as simple as holding down "e" and then pressing "5" to get an e with a macron). Because Lihmelinyan accents every stressed vowel and uses macrons for long vowels, this had become very easy on a Mac and when I went to use my PC, I had to copy and paste characters from the Character Map and it's a huge bother. But recently I discovered WinCompose, which allows you to input any unicode character (way more than what the Mac's built-in capabilities allow). You select one key as the "compose" key (in my case, right Alt since I never use the right shift/alt/ctrl) and then enter a sequence to get an accented character. The best part is, you don't have to hold any keys down. Just press Alt, e, ' in that sequence to get é.

http://wincompose.info/

Just wanted to share this in case anyone was looking for a good way to input accented characters on Windows [:)]
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KaiTheHomoSapien wrote: 29 Sep 2020 21:45 Just a random thought: I mainly use a Mac when doing conlang stuff because it's so easy to type accented characters on a Mac (as simple as holding down "e" and then pressing "5" to get an e with a macron). Because Lihmelinyan accents every stressed vowel and uses macrons for long vowels, this had become very easy on a Mac and when I went to use my PC, I had to copy and paste characters from the Character Map and it's a huge bother. But recently I discovered WinCompose, which allows you to input any unicode character (way more than what the Mac's built-in capabilities allow). You select one key as the "compose" key (in my case, right Alt since I never use the right shift/alt/ctrl) and then enter a sequence to get an accented character. The best part is, you don't have to hold any keys down. Just press Alt, e, ' in that sequence to get é.

http://wincompose.info/

Just wanted to share this in case anyone was looking for a good way to input accented characters on Windows [:)]
I got a new laptop and don't have it set up yet, however on windows 7 I found you can change your keyboard language to the Canadian multinational standard. It's an almost identical layout, however "\][';/`" are all changed to french diacritical marks. I'm not sure on other marks.
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I've been using Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator for years to design my own custom layouts, where I add AltGr as a modifier key for the characters I commonly use. That way I don't have to worry about any brackets having moved (as is often the case when using a layout for a different language or region), and I can get exactly the characters that I commonly need, such as AltGr+t > þ. I used to have a modifier for IPA too, but lately I've been using my XIPA page for that instead.
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KaiTheHomoSapien wrote: 29 Sep 2020 21:45 Just a random thought: I mainly use a Mac when doing conlang stuff because it's so easy to type accented characters on a Mac (as simple as holding down "e" and then pressing "5" to get an e with a macron). Because Lihmelinyan accents every stressed vowel and uses macrons for long vowels, this had become very easy on a Mac and when I went to use my PC, I had to copy and paste characters from the Character Map and it's a huge bother. But recently I discovered WinCompose, which allows you to input any unicode character (way more than what the Mac's built-in capabilities allow). You select one key as the "compose" key (in my case, right Alt since I never use the right shift/alt/ctrl) and then enter a sequence to get an accented character. The best part is, you don't have to hold any keys down. Just press Alt, e, ' in that sequence to get é.

http://wincompose.info/

Just wanted to share this in case anyone was looking for a good way to input accented characters on Windows [:)]
The ordinary European accents (but not macrons) are already available on the standard keyboards. In "UK Extended", é is just alt+' and then e. è is even easier, because it's just ` followed by e, no alt required (does make it a bit annoying to type `, but fortunately that never happens, so...)

I used to have a personalised keyboard set up on an old computer, but I mostly only use these accents in Word, so I just have Word shortcuts set up now. Although admittedly, perhaps I should set up a keyboard so that I can actually use Excel (which, frustratingly, doesn't allow shortcuts for special characters).
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That's good to know. You can also use alt codes but this requires a dedicated number-pad and doesn't work in every program. WinCompose is helpful for say, writing Dvorak's name (Dvořák) in a music program. Even the Mac's built-in capabilities can't produce ř without going into the Character Viewer or using a Czech keyboard layout. The only problem is memorizing the combinations. I've used the Mac ones for so long that I can type ā, ē, ī almost as quickly as I can type anything else.
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Currently trending on twitter in the UK: cumin, dogging, Phil Collins, "Allahu Akbar".


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You've gotta love a conlang that has a word for "chad".

https://web.archive.org/web/20060615025 ... glish.html
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Khemehekis wrote: 17 Oct 2020 20:21 You've gotta love a conlang that has a word for "chad".

https://web.archive.org/web/20060615025 ... glish.html
I'm certain Herman was playing with the whole hanging chad thing that was the crisis du jour in the last year of the last century!

Interesting factoidito: Czirehlat is, along with Shirehlat, one of the dialects of his language Tirehlat.
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elemtilas wrote: 18 Oct 2020 00:06
Khemehekis wrote: 17 Oct 2020 20:21 You've gotta love a conlang that has a word for "chad".

https://web.archive.org/web/20060615025 ... glish.html
I'm certain Herman was playing with the whole hanging chad thing that was the crisis du jour in the last year of the last century!
That was what I figured as well! The hanging and dimpled chads made a mínga president!
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I'm 23, as of today. What a time to be alive.
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Happy Birthday, shimo! [:D]
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shimobaatar wrote: 20 Oct 2020 13:46 I'm 23, as of today. What a time to be alive.
Happy birthday!
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shimobaatar wrote: 20 Oct 2020 13:46 What a time to be alive.
Yes, it is. It's the one you time get to be alive, in this old world!
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qwed117 wrote: 20 Oct 2020 18:00 Happy Birthday, shimo! [:D]
kiwikami wrote: 20 Oct 2020 20:11 Happy birthday!
Thank you!
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Happy twenty-third, Shimobaatar! As the fortune cookie goes: "May you live in interesting times".
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Khemehekis wrote: 24 Oct 2020 09:18 Happy twenty-third, Shimobaatar! As the fortune cookie goes: "May you live in interesting times".
Isn't that a bad thing? "Interesting times" refers to things like rebellions, famines, general upheaval. It's "uninteresting times" that's the good one, isn't it? That's how Pratchett ended up using it anyway.
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