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

From: by way of <bcaplan@i18n.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 17:18:19 +0900
Message-Id: <200002160919.SAA19688@sh.w3.mag.keio.ac.jp>
To: www-international@w3.org
Well, I am willing to stand corrected, especially by someone as esteemed 
and Martin J. Duerst. See what happens when I write early in the morning w/ 
o checking my old Japanese books? Anyway, now I wonder if the correct 
answer is somewhere in-between (still haven't looked at the old books).

Maybe some of the kana were available in half-width values but not all? For 
instance, when writing "shi-(little) ya for  "sha" (=person). Only a few 
kana would fall into this category. Someone wiser than me can say if that 
category has a name, but there are clearly half-width and full-width 
versions of the kana in question.

Kana have changed in usage during the lifetime of people still alive - 
there are some that are no longer used. So maybe it is possible that even 
the 1/2 width kana I am describing are a relatively modern usage. Martin?

I definitely agree w/ Martin's comments about Latin characters in Japanese. 
I also agree that there was hardware that solved the character problem by 
implementing hankaku katakana to write Japanese, and the decision to do so 
means job security for me now, ~40 years later.

Barry

At 12:01 PM 2/16/00 +0900, Martin J. Duerst wrote:
>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.
>
>
>#-#-#  Martin J. Du"rst, World Wide Web Consortium
>#-#-#  mailto:duerst@w3.org   http://www.w3.org
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