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Re: [Moderator Action] Re: [nelocsig] Re: International Search Engine Submission

From: Martin J. Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 12:01:24 +0900
Message-Id: <200002160334.MAA17387@sh.w3.mag.keio.ac.jp>
To: Barry Caplan <bcaplan@i18n.com>
Cc: nelocsig@egroups.com, www-international@w3.org
At 10:41 00/02/15 -0500, Barry Caplan wrote:
> At 04:49 PM 2/15/00 +0900, Stuart Woodward wrote:
> > >This is a holdover
> >from the hardware word processor world which could only print in two sizes.
> This is  not correct. Normal Japanese is written this way and has been for 
> hundreds, maybe almost a thousand years. It has nothing to do with computers.

This is definitely not correct. Half-width Kana was introduced at
the start of computerization, where it was too expensive to deal
with Kanji. Before that, it would be extremely surprised if there
were any half-width kana. Latin letters were definitely not used
for hundreds of years (except maybe in a dictionary or two and
a few other works around 1600), and in print, usually proportional
type is used.

Regards,   Martin.

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Received on Tuesday, 15 February 2000 22:34:30 UTC

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