I'm writing my bot in AIML, and I chose to have it start with an empty template, since I want very specific responses. I've been having some trouble using <that> and I was wondering how the empty template might affect the preprocessing, if at all. I've read in some places that punctuation will be removed, and other special characters will be replaced with a space, as well as some contractions extended. Is that still true with the empty template?
So, for examples:
Would "Interesting, but a bit obtuse" become INTERESTING BUT A BIT OBTUSE or INTERESTING BUT A BIT OBTUSE (extra space)
And "Don't you want a body?" to DO NOT YOU WANT A BODY or DON T YOU WANT A BODY
Thanks so much