Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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HGML (HieroGlyphic Markup Language)

(java-enabled by Ra Microsystems, of course)
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So, you're trying to communicate the great conquests of the pharoah to the wired world, and you find character/sound based languages confusing and inadequate for programming the interactive displays you have in mind for his burial room, nevermind the virtual-tomb web site. Specifically for enterprising tomb architects like you, we have created HeiroGlyphic Markup Language, now with our new 'Glyph Wizard' interface. And with java extensions, add virtual tomb-tours, secret passageway keys, and boobytraps.

If you're going to build a pyramid, have some fun with it. Confound the ages with our random heiroglyph generator, complete with half-missing mysterious references to made-up civilizations, treasure rooms, and hidden stockpiles of the mates to unmatched socks.

RayfordSteele, Feb 20 2002

(?) Location of Egyptian hieroglyphs in Unicode http://www.unicode....admaps/smp-3-1.html
Basic and extended Egyptian hieroglyphs; much more available, including Deseret & Byzantine Musical Symbols. [hello_c, Feb 21 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Blissymbolics http://www.evertype...10646/pdf/bliss.pdf
(PDF document.) [pottedstu, Feb 21 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       Unicode is there before you, with more glyph sets than would fit in the boat of the sun.   

       The Byzantine Musical Symbols are delightful, and have wonderful names: OLIGON ARCHAION, APESO EXO NEO, IMIFTHORA. Mairsy doats.
hello_c, Feb 21 2002

       Oddly enough, that link also has bliss symbols. Coincidence?
phoenix, Feb 21 2002

       << Blissymbolics form an ideographic writing system, like Chinese, with its own grammar and syntax. This language is, today, primarily used by people with physical and cognitive handicaps of various kinds (for instance, those associated with cerebral palsy) [...] Blissymbolics were developed in the middle of the twentieth century by Charles Bliss as a “universal” language that (he hoped) could cut across national boundaries and facilitate international communication and peace. Like other utopian languages, Blissymbolics’ popularity fell short of the designs of their creator – although their present-day use as the primary language of people who might otherwise have no means of communicating at all is more of a blessing to them, their families, and their communities, than any utopian language could hope to be. >>   

       From unicode website.
pottedstu, Feb 21 2002

       I don't even get a croissant for solving the great sock mystery? Bummer...   

       The idea here is more about the connecting and powering of ancient tombs and such with html.
RayfordSteele, Feb 21 2002

       But you didn't solve the sock mystery, RS. You only teased us with randomly generated references to the solution. Embittered, stung by one more red-herring hope, we lash back with fishbones.   

       OTOH, I am grateful to have seen blissymbols. The one for 'barrier contraception' is choice.
hello_c, Feb 21 2002

       What sort of language has as its first three words "squirrel", "fire" and "mango"? And then symbols 27-30 are all about sperm and contraception, with "feelings" 31. Clearly someone with odd priorities.
pottedstu, Feb 22 2002

       Thus a perfect correlation with [blissmiss].
phoenix, Feb 22 2002


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