Today Is a Good Day to Edit


I know that when I need to post updates to my latest regressions of Shakespeare back into his native Klingon, I turn to the exolinguist's best friend: the Mac coding tool BBEdit*. I fire it up, and select File > New > HTML Document, then choose Klingon from the Language pop-up menu.

I'd better make sure I haven't dishonored my family unto the severalth generation, consigning myself and them to Gre'Thor, by checking that the page is well formed (Markup > Check > Document Syntax).

Our users will know fear and cower before our software! Ship it! Ship it and let them flee like the targs they are!

Debugging? Klingons do not debug. Our software does not coddle the weak.

This code is a piece of gagh! You have no honor!

Perfect. Publish.

*Version 9.6 still doesn't suck.

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  1. I turn to BBEdit for all my editing needs it’s great! The functionality is advanced. The performance, bar none. That’s why it’s the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh! Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text.

    What a great product and a great advertisement. Klingons haha!

  2. Sometimes I feel like the last Vim user in a sea of Emacs users. And apparently the occasional BBEdit person.

  3. To not comment one’s code brings great dishonor to one’s family. As to fearing our code, only weaklings ship buggy code.

    To another user: what is this Emacs you speak of? A Klingon warrior only uses vi.

  4. Eh, I like Notepad++ the best of all the ones I’ve used, but vim is pretty good today. Never understand the appeal of emacs. Blegh.

  5. A quick Google search says “ngech” is Klingon for “valley” or “woman’s cleavage.” Can someone who knows Klingon confirm?

  6. Yes, you could totally use BBEdit.
    Or, you could just take the existing translations of Shakespeare to Klingon that were recently performed at the Washington Shakespeare Company by George Takei…

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