[Tshwanelex-l] Digraph and trigraph sorting etc.

David Joffe david.joffe at tshwanedje.com
Thu Aug 2 21:45:40 EDT 2012

Hi all,

A test version of the (long-awaited) digraph (and trigraph etc.) 
supporting version of the table-based configurable sorting in TLex 
is now available:


It would be great if it could get a little more testing before being 
rolled into the 'formal' build, so anyone waiting for this 
functionality, please give it a go. A small sample is also attached.

Basically the old user interface for configuring the sorting has 
changed in only one way (which you can't miss): Whereas before, all 
variant forms where on one line, e.g.:
a -> variant-forms: Aa
now, the variant forms are separated by line breaks, e.g.:
a -> variant-forms:

so this allows a digraph to be entered as, for example:
ch -> variant-forms:

If it's not reasonably clear let me know?

Note this same system should be able to work out the box (well, with 
some configuration of course per dictionary etc.) not only for 
digraphs (or trigraphs), but also other cases where one alphabetic 
'letter' may be represented by a string of 2 or more Unicode 
characters as a variant form - so e.g. that would include combining 
diacritic forms, and also non-canonical variants (that basically 
gmholton at alaska.edurefers to when there is more than one way in 
Unicode to represent the same character, e.g. e with accent can be 
represented, for example, either as the single precombined form:
or, slightly more unusually, as e.g. a plain latin 'e' with 
combining accent:
U+0065 + U+0301

(However, for most users compiling dictionaries, implementing that 
level within the sorting is not generally necessary, and can anyway 
be worked around in such a controlled environment. But anyway, it 
might be of theoretical or even practical interest to some.)

 - David

On 17 Jul 2012 at 8:19, Menan Du Plessis wrote:

Date sent:	Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:19:00 +0200
From:	Menan Du Plessis <menan.du.plessis at gmail.com>
To:	tshwanelex-l at mailman.yale.edu
Subject:	[Tshwanelex-l] sending sample to a 3rd party; configuring sorting

> Hi everyone.
> I need to send a sample soon to the people who run the electronic 
> archive (ELAR, at SOAS) where our material will be deposited. (Am 
> working on an extremely endangered language, with essentially one last 
> speaker, who is 100 years old.) So my first urgent question is:
> Q: How do I organize my sound files plus the dictionary so that my 
> recipient will be able to click on the icon and hear the recorded 
> examples I have linked to my entries? Is there a way to put them both 
> into one folder, and then specify the directory in a neutral way, i.e. 
> that doesn't include a drive on my own computer as part of the address? 
> And my second urgent question is:
> Q: How do I configure the sorting where digraphs, trigraphs (and 
> polygraphs) need to be accommodated on the first pass?
> I know that David will soon be getting to me with advice on the second 
> question - and I do understand that everyone has been super busy getting 
> the 2012 version ready for release ... () - but in the mean time, it 
> occurs to me that this must be a pretty common need, so I'd like to put 
> it out there, in case anyone else has already worked out how to do this?
> I am starting to fret very slightly!
> Best wishes,
> Menan

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