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This is a cool template, which I intend to use more often when uploading is re-enabled.
But also, it's got me thinking: it should be straightforward to write a MediaWiki extension that can render Tengwar text as a .png on the fly. It could be quite flexible - so <tengwar>9jR¸`N= y6Yj2Ç</tengwar> and <tengwar input="Roman">Hello, world!</tengwar> would both render as . And also flexible in terms of fonts, sizes, colours and such.
The main point, of course, would be to allow the use of Tengwar without requiring readers to install a font, which I think a lot of people don't know how to do. It also might encourage editors to include Tengwar more often, if it can accept untranscribed Roman text (I for one don't know how to input Tengwar without using an online tool). Does anyone think something like that would be useful? —Aulë the Smith (Tk·Cb) 19:05, 21 August 2010 (UTC)
- Some years ago I'm sure someone was on the case with this. Perhaps that project has faltered somewhat - I'll look into it. It's definitely something that would be incredibly handy, and I'm certainly keen to see more Tengwar in articles - it'd add more... "colour" to our articles. I also agree that most people do not know how to use Tengwar fonts without "help", and I certainly agree that it's unfair to expect readers to install fonts just to experience TG fully.
- (One a side note, doesn't that say "hello, worlds"?: an under-curl is an "s", whereas a vertical wave is an exclamation mark - see second, penultimate and last lines of Namárië. Sorry for the digression, I find Tengwar fascinating and have spent a long time studying it.) --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 20:22, 21 August 2010 (UTC)