Transcoding Instructions

Getting started with the transcoding tools.

Download and install fonts

I'll describe how to get going with the Alo to Unicode transcoding tool.

Download "Saysettha OT" from here.

Alo fonts can be downloaded from here.

Copy the fonts to the c:\windows\fonts folder.

A test

Select some Alo text from one of Big Brother Mouse's books:

EhksahlnjRifHfh 

If you have installed the "Alo Mekong" font on the PC you're using to read these instructions, you'll see some nice Lao script below:

EhksahlnjRifHfh Otherwise the web browser will show  EhksahlnjRifHfh 

(It's one of Big Brother Mouse's book titles "The Little Elephant That Could".)

Go to www.thedevmachine.co.uk/bbm and paste the Alo text in the lower text box. Click "Alo to Unicode"
The Unicode transcoding will appear in the upper text box: ຊ້າງນ້ອຍເຮັດໄດ້

If  you don't have the Unicode font "Saysettha OT" installed you'll probably get a right old mess: ຊ້າງນ້ອຍເຮັດໄດ້

You have Unicode text. Now you can now Google for translations!

Word Breaks

Let's look at this Alo phrase: "Grh-Ehks-wYa-dbla"

If you have "Alo Mekong" installed that's:

 Grh-Ehks-wYa-dbla

These words can now be converted to Unicode with the hidden word breaks expanded by clicking "Alo to Unicode (Expand Word Break)"

ໃຫ້ ​ຊ້າງ ​ຂຶ້ນ ​ກ່ອນ

Things now get interesting! You can Google each word, or use a Lao Dictionary to get a grasp of Lao!

(Let - elephant - go up - before) 

Fully Transitive

The reverse holds up. Pasting Unicode with hidden word breaks, and clicking "Unicode to Alo" will generate Alo.

Transcoder - a brief description

The fonts are are only used by the browser when rendering the text in the text boxes. The transcoder dll running on the web server does not know  or care what the fonts are. (Yes the server cajoles the browser into using the correct font with some backhanded CSS code, but the fonts are not used themselves.)
The Alo transcoder knows that a Alo "Q" is really a  (or &#3740 in HTML) and, in the reverse direction, a ຫຼູ່ຳ  ( or ຫຼູ່ຳ) is Alo T]| .

 

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