|The Nôm Lookup Tool Story|
In the beginning, there was the "syllable". The sound of each Vietnamese syllable can be written two ways: in quốc ngữ, "tiếng", and in chữ Nôm, 㗂.
It is the monumental hidden treasure of the Vietnamese heritage in chữ Nôm that feeds our dreams. We dream of using chữ quốc ngữ to see how its chữ Nôm looks and to tell how a chữ Nôm sounds like in quốc ngữ. May be it's not the dream for all, but it doesn't matter, as long as it's all about "doing something to help promote and re-discover our Nôm heritage".
Some of us didn't know a thing about Nôm. Some have never met. Yet we became friends, thanks to chữ Nôm, and... thanks to e-mail.
That "something to help promote and re-discover our nôm heritage" gives birth to the Nôm Lookup Tool, an application intended to be a retrieval-system as well as a learning-tool.
Well, it's not a real project because we don't have a formal organization for our group. Sometimes, things may seem to be done chaotically, but at the end our collaboration always works like a charm!
And the dream still goes on...
The Development Tools
Currenlly, Nom Na Tong Light 1.05: of VNPF Nôm Na Office, including the 19,981 Hán-Nôm Ideographs, © 2002-2008.