Re: Mixed up priorities

Date: Mon Oct 25 1999 - 00:12:09 EDT

>Probably because the clerks of the Habsburg Empire that
       started using typewriters in Slovakia got them from elsewhere
       and didn't use them to write Slovakian? Because Slovaks used
       Czech as their written language from the 15th to the 19th

       If Thais could develop their own typewriters, I don't see why
       Slovaks couldn't also do so. At least, as far as technology is
       concerned. If there were other sociolinguistic factors involved
       to explain why they wouldn't have done so, however, that's
       another matter.

>Come on, if typewriters are any indication of a people's
       cleverness, then the QWERTY system will forever exclude western
       civilization from any claim to intelligence.

       Surely you know of the practical reasons for why the QWERTY
       layout was developed? (Or is the story I've heard repeatedly
       about performance limitations of the mechanisms just a load of
       dingoes kidneys?)


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