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mnttex – Tools for the "The Secret History of the Mongols"

The Se­cret His­tory of the Mon­gols (Mong­gol-un niguca to­b­ciyan→MNT) is the old­est work of Mon­go­lian lit­er­a­ture sur­viv­ing to­day. Though the lan­guage of the text is Mid­dle Mon­go­lian, the text was writ­ten en­tirely in Chi­nese char­ac­ters which were used to ren­der Mon­go­lian pho­net­i­cally.

Modern tools for typ­ing, edit­ing and type­set­ting Chi­nese do not eas­ily lend them­selves for prepar­ing re­search doc­u­men­ta­tion due to pec­u­lar­i­ties of the his­tor­i­cal source.

The MNT pack­age as­sists the scholar type­set­ting the com­plex Chi­nese ma­te­rial by ac­cess­ing all char­ac­ters ei­ther by num­ber or pro­noun­ci­a­tion as well as of­fer­ing con­ve­nient ac­cess to small or com­bined char­ac­ters.

The MNT pack­age re­lies on an ex­ist­ing en­vi­ron­ment for pro­cess­ing Chi­nese char­ac­ters and as­sumes that the pack­age CJK is in­stalled. It is fur­ther re­quired to have a re­cent in­pu­tenc pack­age with ucs sup­port from the uni­code pack­age. Without these, MNT is not likely to work. Fur­ther­more it is re­quired to use the font zysong.ttf or a sim­i­lar font in Song style. Since not all char­ac­ters used in the MNT are pro­vided by mod­ern fonts they had to be made for this pack­age. Be­ing closely mod­elled ac­cord­ing to Song style, these es­pe­cially made char­ac­ters would stand out in stark con­trast from e.g. Kaiti style char­ac­ter sets. Limited in num­ber, these in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ters were coded as scal­able vec­tor im­ages, rather than as font. No dif­fer­ence be­tween these char­ac­ters and or­di­nary char­ac­ters can be per­ceived in print even though the on-screen dis­play may ap­pear hardly in­tel­li­gi­ble.

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Main­tainerOliver Corff

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