Some kind of record

I just have to add this.

Rendering the name of the model from today’s Profile post was slightly tricky, given that many of the language’s letters don’t appear in the standard English/Latin character set. I was up to the challenge of course, but while writing the post (yes, they’re written and not randomly generated,) I have to note that my computer’s spellcheck routine was more active than usual. Here’s a screenshot:

screenshot of post showing spellcheck selections
The model’s name receives not one, but four separate red tags indicating spelling unrecognized by the internal dictionary, though a lot of that has to do with the HTML Unicode character tags that were required to render the name correctly. Those always start with an ampersand [&] and end with a semi-colon [;], which tells HTML-rendering programs like web browsers what to display when the ‘regular’ character sets don’t contain the right bits. I use them every time I put down degrees [°] or copyright or trademark symbols [©, ™] so I have a collection of common ones in a note file with my bloggy stuff. If I want to tell you or show you how to use them, however, I have to use even more of them just to say that the symbols for ampersand and ‘hashtag’/pound/octothorpe [#] are, “&#38” and “&#35,” which when typed look like “&#38” in the WordPress editor, and typing that out to display made it even worse (and took me three tries.) You follow?

Most times, I simply refer to this page for the more common diacritical and pronunciation marks, but for the preceding post I had to use this page instead. The most common pronunciation marks however, such as “é,” can often just be copied from your own computer’s character map, buried someplace in the accessory menus. It’s this esoteric knowledge (and the willingness to spend way too much time for a simple visual) that allows me to bring you such posts as this one and this one; It’s what makes this blog what it is.

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