From: Barry Caplan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Nov 11 2002 - 18:47:18 EST
At 05:47 PM 11/11/2002 -0500, John Cowan wrote:
>Michael Everson scripsit:
>> >The scale in question is analogous to a temperature scale, not a
>> >reptilian one.
>> Now I very *seriously* don't get it.
>A temperature scale enumerates the degrees -273, -272, -271, ..., 0, 1, 2, ...
>in order. When you ask "What is the temperature?", you are actually asking
>"What is the scalar value of the temperature?"
>The Unicode scale enumerates the characters 0, 1, 2, ... 10FFFF. Unicode
>scalar values are points on this scale, just as temperature scalar values
>are points on the (Celsius) temperature scale.
Well, not exactly...temperature is an arbitrary but standard measure of a continuous physical property. The multiple well known scales attest to that. But code points are absolute points, not continuous. And because one character has a greater encoding value does not make it greater then in any useful sense.
Basically, we are talking about continuous ordinal scales vs discrete cardinal scales. Hardly analogous at all IMM.
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