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Languages and ASCII Re: accessible banking:

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2005 01:04:34 +0100
To: "Jon Hanna" <jon@hackcraft.net>, "'wai-ig list'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <opsluqhwsyw5l938@saturne>

Bahasa melayu and bahasa indonesi - so at least 300 million odd people can  
write their language. As far as I know klingon is written "natively" in  
its own characters - which were included in Unicode.

"Straight ASCII" is a phrase used as inaccurately with regard to its  
origins as the word "manufactured" (which literally "means made by hand").  
The Lynx browser, a plain text browser, does a passable job of  
transliterating correctly coded arabic to latin characters, and handles  
accented latin characters such as those in ISO 8859-1 ("western european")  
with no hassles.

I suspect that testing in something like what Lynx produces is what Bob  
meant - it is certainly a common interpretation of the phrase nowadays.  
And while testing in plain text misses some stuff completely, it is indeed  
a good quick test - it can show up serious problems in seconds...



On Mon, 7 Feb 2005 21:26:40 -0000, Jon Hanna <jon@hackcraft.net> wrote:

>> and test in straight ASCII text.
> There aren't many languages that can be written just using ASCII.  
> Klingon is the only one I can think of. English you can get by with some  
> naive spellings (but not with naïve spellings) but it's better to use  
> the language you are writing in well.
> Regards,
> Jon Hanna
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Charles McCathieNevile - Vice Presidente - Fundacion Sidar
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