[sword-devel] Diatheke - transliteration option ?

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Fri Oct 29 01:48:24 MST 2010

On 10/28/2010 11:48 PM, David Haslam wrote:
> Is there a documented list of "scripts" that are supported by diatheke?
> For most of us Latin is certainly relevant, yet .....
> Can one transliterate [say] from simplified Chinese into Cyrillic, or from
> Hebrew into Devanagari?
> David

It depends on what is enabled in Sword. In Sword 1.6.2, everything other 
than transliteration to Latin is disabled.

The reason for this is that the transliterator is naive, so it will 
happily transliterate XML (or other markup) tags, attributes, etc. as 
well as CDATA. To prevent that, we turned off non-Latin targets for 

The code is already in place to do X to Y transliteration for any pair 
of supported scripts. (Check utf8transliterator.h or .cpp for the list.) 
And, as implemented, it is smart enough to pick a sensible path in some 
cases (e.g. between Indic scripts or between Semitic scripts, it never 
transliterates through non-Indic/Semitc scripts), but as a fallback, it 
will go via Latin. So both Chinese to Cyrillic and Hebrew to Devanagari 
(or the reverse) would transliterate to Latin, then the target script.


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