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Computer wishlist for March 2007

In March 2007, I expect the following from my computer:

Not too much to ask, surely?

The last point is something that has cropped up in working on the next release of IPA Zounds, which does vertical grouping of binary features. I don’t want to resort to a monospace font in order to have a correctly aligned display.

For example, here is an example bit of output with (depending of course on your settings and your browser’s ability to cope with CSS) a proportional font:

sɛkundus → sɛkundu ( s → ∅ / _# )
         → sɛkundɔ ( u → ɔ / _# )
         → sɛgundɔ ⎛ ⎡−continuant⎤ → [+voiced] / [+syllabic]_[+syllabic] ⎞
                   ⎜ ⎢−voiced    ⎥                                       ⎟
                   ⎜ ⎢−vibration ⎥                                       ⎟
                   ⎝ ⎣−sonorant  ⎦                                       ⎠

And here’s the same thing with a monospace font (depending on browser settings):

sɛkundus → sɛkundu ( s → ∅ / _# )
         → sɛkundɔ ( u → ɔ / _# )
         → sɛgundɔ ⎛ ⎡−continuant⎤ → [+voiced] / [+syllabic]_[+syllabic] ⎞
                   ⎜ ⎢−voiced    ⎥                                       ⎟
                   ⎜ ⎢−vibration ⎥                                       ⎟
                   ⎝ ⎣−sonorant  ⎦                                       ⎠

Ideally, I wouldn’t have to do anything more than state (in some simple, logical way) that the different parts of the parentheses and brackets are meant to be joined, and lo the computer will make it so.

(It may be that, even if you see all of the characters in the examples, the second one doesn’t have the parentheses and brackets lining up — in my case this is because the browser is having to use a different font from normal to deal with the IPA characters, which has a different size. See the second point above.)

Posted by jamie on September 15, 2003 09:05+12:00

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