[developers] Re: still problem with accents...

Montserrat Marimon montserrat.marimon at upf.edu
Fri Jun 17 13:42:05 CEST 2005

Hi Stephen,

Thanks a lot (and sorry for my late reply, I was in a conference).

I've just tried what you suggested me, but it doesn't seem to work. This 
is what I get, when trying to parse a sentence with both accented 
characters and the Spanish character "ñ"

(do-parse-tty "el niño lloró")
Word 'NI' is not in lexicon.
Word 'O' is not in lexicon.
Word 'LLOR' is not in lexicon.
No sign can be constructed for 'ni'
No sign can be constructed for 'o'
No parsses found



Stephan Oepen wrote:

>hi montse,
>apologies, i had started a reply to your earlier message and then put
>it aside half-finished.  encoding issues, unfortunately, are nasty!
>assuming you have a working LKB (preferably the latest version), may i
>ask you to try the following: in the *common-lisp* buffer in emacs(1),
>where one can interact with the LKB without its graphical tools, there
>should be a prompt looking like
>  LKB(2): 
>try using the LKB :tty mode function
>  (do-parse-tty "Quiero saber la localización de su compañía.")
>using, of course, a sentence you actually expect to parse.  first, make
>sure that emacs(1) is happy with the accented characters, and hopefully
>then the LKB will be able to parse your input?  if so, the display may
>even look good (e.g. accented characters in the tree and AVM windows)?
>that much, i believe, we should be able to make work easily!  there has
>been a long-standing issue with _input_ of accented characters in the
>pop-up dialogue that you get from `Parse | Parse input ...' in the LKB
>top window.  unfortunately, we have not been able to fix this part, and
>the problem appears to be at a lower level than the LKB, actually.
>the people in japan have added some emacs function to `lkb.el', i.e. if
>your automated installation succeeded, you should be able to use `C-c p' 
>(that is Control plus `c' followed by just `p') in the *common-lisp*
>buffer, and it will insert (do-parse-tty "") with an empty string for
>you.  another benefit of using some of the LKB :tty commands is that
>you get command history in the *common-lisp* buffer.  for example, you
>can just scroll up, place the cursor at the end of a line with earlier
>input, and press Enter: this should re-execute that command.  `C-c C-p'
>is like pressing `cursor up' at a shell prompt, i.e. it will recall the
>previous command from the input history; you can do it multiple times
>to go back to earlier commands.  see:
>  http://www.franz.com/support/documentation/7.0/doc/eli.htm
>for lots more background on available emacs(1) commands.
>                      les us know how things go!  all the best  -  oe
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