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  • Supports: 4.0.1
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  • Updated 10/17/2010
  • Created 03/04/2006
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  • Newest File: 7.7.8 'Deathwing'
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About Lore

I recently picked up WoW again, and since no one really offered to take over, I'll at least try and keep Lore working. However, if there's anyone willing to take care of helping people who are having problems with it, it'd be greatly appreciated. I play the role of tech support enough as it is, I'd rather not play it more.

--- Lore v7.0 (Deluxe edition) by Liise on Argent Dawn (Alliance)

- I M P O R T A N T !! - R E A D - T H I S - F I R S T !! -

Lore was designed to aid Roleplayers in World of Warcraft with the ability to speak in 'languages' other than those enabled by Blizzard (for example: Dark Iron, Demonic, Elemental, Druidic, etc). Lore translates your text in /say, /party, /raid, /guild and /yell to a specified user-defined language. This translation occurs before the text enters Blizzard's language functions.

Lore has grown since then. New functionality has been added to allow for automatic translation, an option to render your character (partially) unable to understand a certain language, speak dialects, stutter, hiss, growl, lisp and more!

Below you find a list of the files, and indication which you might need. For further information, please refer to the Readme.txt document enclosed in the zip file. You will find almost anything you want or need to know about Lore there.

- Lore vX.X: Lore itself. You cannot use Lore without this. Installing the latest version is always recommended.
- Dialects.lua vX: You need this file. If you already have already customised your dialects.lua file, you don't generally have to download this again. Overwriting dialects.lua will erase your self created languages! (v8 is here)
- Ephemeral fix for Lore5: If you use the AddOn called Ephemeral and you use LORE V5.X you need this file to prevent conflicts. (for Eph ver. 1.6.3)
- Ephemeral fix for Lore6: If you use the AddOn called Ephemeral and you use LORE V6.X you need this file to prevent conflicts. (for Eph ver. 1.6.3)
- Ephemeral fix for Lore7: If you use the AddOn called Ephemeral and you use LORE V7.X you need this file to prevent conflicts. (for Eph ver. 1.6.3)
- Language pack 01: Extra player made custom languages for use with Lore. Please read its README file for instructions on how to use. Included languages in this language pack: "The Ancient Tongue", "Sanvairu", "Ooh". Included dialects in this language pack: "*Cumbrian", "*Fudd", "*Moron", "*Norfolk", "*Pirate", "*Scottish" (the latter is an improved version of what you already find in the dialects.lua - to be replaced if you want it.
- Language pack 02: Extra player made custom languages for use with Lore. Readme file included explains how to use. This language pack includes the dialect "*Riverfolk" and languages "Nutterspeak", "Streetslang" and "AncientRunic".
-CLPs: This is just short for Custom Language Pack, as Curse's new interface won't allow 'Custom Language Pack' because it is too long.

- Lore v6.0 (EN) is only fully compatible with English Gameclients. Other clients can also use this version, the only drawback they will have is that if they want to have it 'auto-translate' Blizzard Default languages (such as Gnomish, Gutterspeak) and lower their fluency in these same languages, they will not see the wanted effect. Later versions are also localised to work for German and French clients.

See the included ReadMe or type /lore in game to bring up a menu of available commands.

Do NOT confuse this with a mod intended to remove the language barrier. This AddOn has nothing whatsoever to do with other people's text. Its purpose is to avail you of pre-defined languages for appearance/aesthetics only. Ultimately, it's just modifying the text YOU send out, immediately prior to sending it out in a completely ordinary fashion. Also, Blizzard enabled languages are not modified by Lore.

After Rook discontinued the 'Lore' project about 4 months ago (due to no longer playing World of Warcraft) I have been given permission to continue her work. The result is Lore version 4.0 and higher.

Those people who use the AddOn 'Ephemeral' in combination with Lore should download the Ephemeral.lua file here and replace the old version with it, to prevent unwanted effects due to incompatibility.

--- Installing

Download and extract Lore to your World of Warcraft/Interface/AddOns directory to install. To use the prepackaged languages you must download dialects.lua and extract it to the same directory (it will automatically be added to the Lore folder).

These files are seperated to prevent updates from overwriting your own custom-defined languages, which are added to the dialects.lua file. Once you have dialects.lua you will not need to download it again for updates; simply download the main AddOn and re-extract it to replace the old files.

To define your own languages look in the AddingLanguages.txt tutorial or open dialects.lua in Notepad and follow the examples provided by the included languages.

--- Troubleshooting

If you have a problem with Lore, there are a few things you can try before looking for outside help:

* Problem: I installed Lore, but it does not load when I enter the world.
* Solution: It is likely disabled in your AddOns options. Go to the character selection screen, click the 'AddOns' button at the left bottom corner of your screen. Select Lore, and select the option to 'ignore version checking' (this allows you to use 'out of date' versions). Blizzard updates their UI version number all the time and I don't want to keep uploading a new version of Lore each time they do, so it will go out of date but that shouldn't matter. Also a new patch may reset this.

* Problem: I get an error on my screen, mentioning something like "argument #1 to `getn' (table expected, got string)".
* Solution: Type the command "/lore reset". If that doesn't work, you can try "/lore default". If that also doesn't work, please check that you have downloaded the dialects.lua file and that it is in the same directory as the rest of Lore.

*Problem: Lore loads, but I cannot access any of the custom languages.
* Solution: First, make sure your dialects.lua file is named just that and not 'Dialects_v_8'. If that does not fix the problem delete your WTF, Cache, and Lore folders, then load in a new copy of Lore while Warcraft is not running.

Known Issues ---
* Trying to send item links while talking in custom language still results into an error.
* Using %T works alright, but returns %T to self if translating to self.
* Using Blizzard's language selection menu does not work.

-- Fixed channel joining -- You should no longer have to join the communication channel manually
-- Various fixes to repair problems introduced by patch 4.0.1
-- Updated TOC number


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  • #1081

    With the advent of 5.0.4, it would appear that lore is slightly broken. And default lore language added will not change correctly. I'm thinking with the inclusion of two forms of pandaren some of the language functions got renamed, and as such, lore no longer properly shifts between default blizzard languages.

  • #1078
    New Project leader aye?

    Does this mean we can FINALY speak other player faction languages? Alliance speaking Orcish and whatnot?

    I tried reasoning with the guy before but seemed to ignore the fact that the addon Tongues even exists, was very disapoint... Is this the sun peaking over the hill?
  • #1079
    tl;dr: There isn't a new author, I'll pass this addon to someone if they want to fix it, I'm done here and I'm sorry for what I let happen to this addon, goodbye.

    Unless you're talking about the author from some 5 years ago, no. Same guy. I'm not sure where you're getting the idea that there's a new leader. I'd be all for it - I've honestly never felt attached to this addon the way I do other software I write. It's been a battle with myself to keep it in a semblance of working condition.

    That said, I'm done here. Sorry to people who still use the addon, sorry to Liise and Rook, sorry to those who still held hope for it, and sorry to those who want to use it and need help. It's been marked discontinued by Curse - that much is true. I hardly had the time to work on it to begin with, and now I barely even log into the game.

    If someone wants to take over, be my guest. I'll gladly push authorship to you. To that person, if they exist, I suggest re-writing the addon entirely. The author of Tongues had the same idea. This is an over-patched piece of software held together with duct tape and bailing wire.

    I apologize if I sound cynical - Taking over this addon was a bad choice, typical of a 12 year old. Which makes sense, I was about 12 when I took over. I didn't imagine I'd be playing tech support as well as dealing with ridiculous changes Blizzard would make with the API.

    Good luck and good day to all of you.
  • #1076
    So, my problem is this . I installed Lore , downloaded dialects lua and extracted them into Lore folder.When I login in game i saw the Lore icon.And i type /lore tablet Dark Iron , and nothing happend.Then i type /lore tablet Taurahe and this language was added.But when i say something in /say it wasnt on Taurahe.And if i whisper someone it says "you cannot speak this language"
  • #1077
    Im on a PVP server Emeriss patch 4.0.6.I hope that isn't the problem
  • #1073
    So, I've read through the recent comments and since I'm not seeing an answer to my issue I'm thinking I'm a complete idiot overlooking something simple, but for whatever reason the languages included in the the dialects lua aren't showing up in the Lore language listing. So I can't add them to my tablet. What am I doing wrong?
  • #1075
    There are several reasons this can happen listed in the README, if you haven't tried those. After that it tends to be a problem I've never been able to track down, much less fix. Sometimes clearing your WTF folder works (Blizz advice working, what?), sometimes reinstalling Lore works...Hope something there helps :(
  • #1071
    There is a minor bug that seems to be with lore, I've found. If someone says anything in a whisper or on /s with brackets [] in it, it will send to all chat tabs you have open, regardless of tab settings. I can only assume this related to an error generated when it can't identify the language it thinks brackets are referencing.

    (this gets really annoying when you encounter people who use brackets instead of parentheses for denoting OOC)
  • #1074
    Unfortunately I haven't been able to reproduce the problem :(
  • #1072
    Noted - I'll look into it next time I log in.
  • #1070
    Thanks think you can put a donate button up for your work and help keeping it updated
  • #1069
    anyone else have the problem of whenever I try to use lore to speak in demonic it says "you cannot speak that language."
  • #1068
    Lore is once again updated! I managed to fix all the problems introduced by patch 4.0.1, and in addition, I came up with a new method to join the communication channel that actually seems to work and doesn't steal your early channel slots.

    A big shout-out to Blizzard for making retarded changes that break addons. -.-
  • #1066
    I have no clue what to do with this interface stuff, I am so lost. If it were code that were broken, I could fix it. But it's not. I dunno what to do. Is there anyone willing to help me out with figuring out how to fix the interface?

    I forgot that this was one of my problems, I have never been able to wrap my mind around how the actual UI stuff works.
  • #1067
    Alright, I figured out the text stuff (I knew it would be something simple, and it was). Once I get everything all redone with text I'll figure out how to fix dragging the tablet around.
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