Converting from unicode to ASCII

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at
Wed Sep 23 02:19:11 EDT 2020

Personally I think deleting everything that is not inwith the ASCII range
is potentially a bit dangerous [suppose ALL the letters
in the title are not inwith the ASCII range], so I would favour using some
sort of lookup table/substitution list.  Certainly letters such
as accented 'e' can just be replaced by a 'common or garden e', but,
consider Cyrillic for instance.  Of course a lot of this has to
do with what sort of source files you are using [Hmong, anyone?].

Most alphabetic languages have a standardise Latin transliteration standard
and that is best adhered to, so, for instance:

Ричмънд (in Bulgarian Cyrillic), comes across as 'Richmand' [OK, OK, OK,
it's hilarious, but that's what you get when a
transliteration standard is worked out by a committee of people who
couldn't tie their own shoelaces (that's why they sit in

Certainly, however WONKY a Latin transliteration scheme maybe both
phonetically and in general, that should NOT need to
be considered when it comes to file names.

On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 6:43 AM Mark Wieder via use-livecode <
use-livecode at> wrote:

> On 9/22/20 7:58 PM, J. Landman Gay via use-livecode wrote:
> >> Is this just a temporary filename (not long-term storage)?
> >
> > No, the stacks are uploaded to AWS and remain there, retrieved from the
> > server on request. There are currently hundreds of them with more added
> > frequently. That's why I'm looking for a solution that doesn't involve
> > changing all the file names, because renaming and re-uploading all those
> > files would be way too much work.
> How do the files get retrieved? Is there a database or something similar
> that stores the filenames? You could still use UUID filenames from now
> on and not have to mess with the existing ones.
> --
>   Mark Wieder
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