allegronet.de / Klaus Lehmann / held [actualized] on EASL 2010 September: allegro-utf8 v2
My small presentation is parted in 2 parall parts:
I don't want to waste Your time on showing how extremly slow I can type chinese signs.
This is boring! Nevertheless I can type "ni hao" and "bei jing"...
I will take You an a tour through the development about allegro-utf8 v2. This will spend us 2-3
years on time..... You will get a sharp look on the program. I promise!
It's also a story about: what we can do with allegro-C! and what is possible!
Parallel I will show some passive views on the program. "passive"! You're the active scientific
librarians. Not me. I was in my 1first life a librarian. Now in SecondLife: I'm a programmer and
developer for both of the worlds. Please follow the sheets...
Founded in 2004 with 15 years on experience in allegro-C. Just now 20 years or more....
Who is it?
-the chief by myself
-an external programmer. Mr. Heinrich Allers. Former from Goethe-Institute. His knowledge is
-an virtuell expert for safety in internet
-an virtuell administrator for big networks
-an virtuell cleaner for mistakes in allegro-C
-an virtuell programmer for safe allegro-desktops and for making an allegro for all people.
-There exists some other virtuell roles...
2. Back to our main theme: allegro-utf8 v2
We named it formerly allegro-cjk. The basics on allegro-utf8 was developed for LSI (Language
institute in Bochum on Ruhr-University).
We developed one allegro with Big5, one separate with japanese, the other for arabian, and the rest
for the russians. Korean no need. Nice. All works well. It means: 4 separate allegro-installations.
Than we developed allegro-utf8. Why the difference? Let us see!
Everybody knows Ms. Mees from MOK (museum of eastasian arts) in Köln.
A big challenge: the catalogue.....all was decoded in dos-allegro (with a little help from our
undocumented friend ETIN), the complete allegro-structure was extremely undocumented.
We've put a bunch of time in it: 1/2 year, 1 year, a little bit more in this project.
It's ready since a half year:
catalogueing in chinese (Big5) [please remember „big5“]
It works perfectly: indexing, search and find, print, nice looking, also with specially views, tools for
librarians, tools for OPAC users and something else.
Hey, whats about internet? No problem with FireFox!
This was the 2nd installation.
3rd installation: Konfuzius-Institute
First of all: they used a chinese booksellers program for main catalogueing. 10 or 15 fields, not
more allowed. But librarians need much more! No problem: 1,2 weeks later: all data was
succesfully converted. It was been an documentated mysql-database.
But. What have I say about Big5? You remember?
The collegues at the KID: we don't want to make catalogue data in Big5. We're re the mainland.
Give us GB2312! Ouch! Newer heard about GB2312 or let us better say: "never noticed". Some
days later: Big5 or GB2312. You say, we serve! No question anymore! All went well. The catalogue
is for testing in internet.
3. November 2010:
St. Augustin (nearby Bonn): Monumenta Serica Institute, a very big library with very rare books....
The content-index for their famous peridocal (Monumenta Serica) will get in allegro-C. They have
an dos-based database with maximum on 36.000 data's (Nowadays they are on record number
32.123)....And for the future 2011 Mission Serica: the taiwanese database. Of course all included
And for 2011: there are some institutes, who will begin with allegro-utf8, some will change onto a
modern system with more capabilities like allegro-C is.
I forgot: this is not the end! Maybe in this year: version 3. With all cjk languages combined in
ONE cataloging data. (please look on korean data's: They have sometimes both of the worlds:
chinese and korean in ONE data).
What else? You'll define this! You are the customer!
4. What are the benefits on allegro-C?
Some of You know this program. Some of You will think: a product from a garage. Please, think
what happens with Microsoft. How they began. We better know: allegro-C is now in the 32nd year
on development. OK, librarians are much more slower than Bill the Gates. But librarians are not
allowed to make so much of errors in their programms. The Catalogued data is very shy. We must
love it, we must feed it. With a good program. Ofcourse with allegro-utf8 v2.
-You (and mine) have the full control on Your data. Look at other systems. I can't name them here.
No control. You havn't any! allegro-C is good for small and very big libraries!
-allegro-C saves Your money. You are able to buy more newer books and rara. Differ with other
software. Your look is very naked (In Germany they say: "You have loosed Your last trowsers").
-allegro-C is an open system. All is documentated.
-allegro-C looks very friendly on Your data, when it will be imported.
and: (we really don't waste thoughts about this?) You can allways leave allegro-C with Your data.
Other system will say: "Come little kittie, meez, meez, You have charming well structured data....."
-allegro-C has more than 32 years in experiences. allegro-C lives forever.
(on the other side of life, please have a look on other competitors...)
I say: Yes, we can! Excactly: Yes, we do!
Thank You and
You're very welcome to the exhibition...
test-catalogues in internet:
best browsed by FireFox (don't try to google it...)