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Re: "Unicode ready" - was Re: Handling Aboriginal Languages

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:33:04 +0100
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At 14:47 15/01/2009, Elizabeth J. Pyatt wrote:
>Please note that the quotes in "Unicode ready" meant to convey "for 
>lack of a better term".

Since the lexeme "ready" in "Unicode ready" is not a stative verb, 
the resulting meaning was the opposite of the intended meaning.

>I could call Unicode "Tlagi ready", but I sincerly believe that 
>would have confused the issue (because you would have 5,000+ 
>versions of this term, one for each language).
>Hope this clarifies my position (but probably not).

Yeah, sure, call me dumb.

Best regards,


>>At 20:12 14/01/2009, Elizabeth J. Pyatt wrote:
>>>Actually Unicode isn't about languages so much as charcters within 
>>>written standards for the languages.  A language is "Unicode 
>>>ready" if Unicode has all the characters used in its writing system. (...)
>>'A language is "Unicode ready" if' sounds like putting the cart 
>>before the horse. Big Brother Unicode doesn't rule the world, it is 
>>only meant to serve that part of the world that uses computers. It 
>>would be more accurate to say that Unicode is ready for a language 
>>when it contains all the characters in that language's writing system(s).
>>Best regards,
>Elizabeth J. Pyatt, Ph.D.
>Instructional Designer
>Education Technology Services, TLT/ITS
>Penn State University
>ejp10@psu.edu, (814) 865-0805 or (814) 865-2030 (Main Office)
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>State College, PA   16801-4819

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