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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Itchy Feet Month #10: Glyph Comparison

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  1. That was me learning the difference between ツandシ, then ソandン

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    1. Oof. Not easy. What's the difference?

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    2. ツ and ソ have the little line running a bit more vertically and the longer line is drawn starting at the top.

      シ and ン have the little line running a bit more horizontally and the longer line is drawn starting at the bottom.

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  2. Those are characters from the Japanese phonetic script "Katakana".

    ツ is pronounced "tsu";
    シ is pronounced "shi";
    ソ is pronounced "so";
    ン is pronounced "n".

    They are different in the same way the letters "p" and "q" are different.

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    1. Problem is that often on "print" the difference is only one pixel, if at all.

      Oh, and then there is Katakana and the so - yours is Hiragana ;)

      Compare: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WNGe-JHWUPM/TfHlh9ZcvoI/AAAAAAAAAgo/mkFXqIxp9DQ/s1600/katakana_hiragana.jpg

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    2. Ah yes, small sizes!

      バ and パ (etc.) look almost identical to me at small sizes because the circle on the right one is just three by three pixels -- so there's a white pixel in the middle and a black pixel in each of the four cardinal directions.

      Which looks nearly like two diagonal lines, which is what I'd expect on the other one.

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  3. I have never been to a country that doesn't use the Latin alphabet or a derivative of it :$

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    1. In most big cities I've been to around the world, that's definitely true. Even in Asia. But as soon as you head off the beaten path, I've found things can get squiggly very quickly.

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