Message #6 Posted by John K. (US) on 9 Aug 2002, 2:17 a.m.,
in response to message #5 by Randy Sloyer
> What would you do in *nix to to get a matching font?
Well, without seeing the code, I'll have to guess at a lot of it, but...
It might be possible to come up with a version using standard awk/gawk syntax that will be functionally identical. If not, then it might still be possible to use something else (say, Perl) to perform the manipulations.
The Unicode problem is a little more difficult for me to WAG. I'm not entirely sure what the state of Unicode support is under Linux, but most of the commercial versions of Unix have at
least rudimentary support, though I'd have to look at the individual tools to see if they'll do what's needed.
The situation is quite a bit simpler on Mac OS X, since the sytem uses Unicode pretty much for everything, and it comes with decent support in the command line tools -- including both Tcl and Perl.
In fact, if the port is successful, it would be almost trivial to make a bi-directional translation tool. Not that it would be of much utility, given the 42's lack of input options, but the geekion flux density of such a thing would be significant. Who knows? If someone ever comes up with an robotic key-stroke entry robot for the 42S, the tool could probably be modified to generate instructions for the robot. :^)