[MUD-Dev] Re: OT, kinda, but yay :)

Nathan F Yospe yospe at hawaii.edu
Fri Oct 23 11:59:26 New Zealand Daylight Time 1998

On Fri, 23 Oct 1998, Jon Leonard wrote:

:On Fri, Oct 23, 1998 at 03:31:00PM -0500, Koster, Raph wrote:  

:> ObOnTopicComment:

:> You guys thought about multiple language support for DevMUD? :) If
:> you're gonna support Unicode, decide now...!

:Unicode support is a very good idea, especially since it doesn't require
:much more than changing which versions of library functions get called.
:(strcmp, etc.)

But... oh, yeah, you noticed. :)

:That reminds me of another idea I've toyed with from time to time:  Machine
:translation in a MUD.  If you force all player communications to be in a
:form that the server can understand (that's the bad part), and have an on
:the fly text generation system, then you can allow players who don't even
:speak the same language to communicate, at least in character.

Yes. Very much so. Um. I've got some of this going on in my client
prototypes. But... well...

:The big problem is the immense amount of work invoved in writing natural
:language parsers (even restricted ones) and the output text generation.

Yes. I've only even started to attempt English, though the NLP is designed
to be language inspecific. I did cheat a bit on the work aspect, by using
a Neural Net to actually do most of the linguistics work.

:It also imposes certain kinds of structures on the internal workings of
:the mud.  It's no longer possible to create a room by just filling out
:the text descriptions, for example.

Exactly. On the other hand, everything becomes extremely dyanmic...

Nathan F. Yospe - Born in the year of the tiger, riding it forever after
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dept of Physics, second year senior (joy)
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