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Re: URI policy for thesaurus concepts

From: Leonard Will <L.Will@willpowerinfo.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 1 May 2004 12:08:35 +0100
Message-ID: <1PAUn4LzU4kAFAs9@willpowerinfo.co.uk>
To: public-esw-thes@w3.org

In message <20040501102437.GB20642@homer.w3.org> on Sat, 1 May 2004, Dan 
Brickley <danbri@w3.org> wrote
>Regarding this specific proposal, it might be worth thinking about
>how "an alphabetical list of terms" works in an internationalised
>context. Do all scripts (eg. Japanese kanji, kana?) define a sort order?

Surely they must if they have dictionaries, catalogues and telephone 
directories. I'm sure there will be standards for this, but I haven't 
looked them up.

>How about datasets that mix Japanese with English (multilingual
>thesauri, etc.)?

In a "multilingual thesaurus", i.e. one that provides terms in more than 
one language to label each concept, you would normally specify which 
language you wanted to work in and the system would then return the 
terms in that language. You could extend it, if you wished, so that you 
could submit a term in one language and ask the system to return the 
terms in another language or languages that were used for the same 


P.S. As I assume that we are all on the <public-esw-thes@w3.org> 
discussion list, I think it is best not to send duplicate copies to 
private email addresses, which just need to be checked to see whether 
they are really duplicates and then deleted.
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