RE: 1 in 1000

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Tue Apr 25 2000 - 06:02:57 EDT

Ar 11:10 -0800 2000-04-24, scríobh Reynolds, Gregg:

>Howsabout: "100% of the people in the world whose native language is not
>modeled by Unicode cannot use computers in their native language; 100% of
>those whose language is badly modeled by Unicode cannot fully exploit the
>power of computers (since the proliferation of "Unicode-enabled" software
>will only partially benefit them); 100% of those literary cultures whose
>medium is badly modeled by Unicode will come under intense economic pressure
>to think about their languages in terms of Unicode's model (i.e. to become
>semi-literate in their native languages)."

As I said earlier, the entire statistical effort is flawed from almost any
angle one looks at it.

That said, Gregg's position doesn't make a lot of sense, apart from being
needlessly inflammatory. Unicode doesn't model languages. It represents
writing systems, and while imperfect, the model does a very good job.
Implementation of that model is not so easy, and I'm as impatient as the
next person, I know that the major players are doing what they can to make
it happen.

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