Re: [langue-fr] L'anglais est-il une langue universelle ?

From: Alain LaBonté  (
Date: Wed Dec 20 2000 - 16:27:25 EST

À 13:07 2000-12-20 -0800, Michael \(michka\) Kaplan a écrit:
>I have not seen a posting from you that would answer Tex's questions. The
>entire post was inflammatory, and given the fact that you do apparently
>associate it with your own feelings vis-a-vis French/English in Quebec it
>even becomes to some degree self-serving.

[Alain] You have the right to think so. Everytime somebody posts a
document, there is always a message. So to a certain poiut we can say --
even in your case -- that any message sent by somebody is self-serving.

>So, lets try again, shall we? :-)
>For the record, please count me in as one of those who was offended
>personally (as discussed earlier by Rick).
>1) Why is this pertinent to the Unicode list?

[Alain] Reread this (the reason why I sent it to the list):

[unknow author]
>The Chinese, along with many
>other Asians wonder why some people dare talk about an international Internet
>as long as the Chinese have to type addresses in Latin characters. So, they
>have devised their own addressing system that uses ideograms. Some experts
>think that as long as the Unicode standard does not become universal, there is
>a distinct risk for various countries to go their own way for domain addresses
>and other "details" important enough to give birth to separate networks that
>will no longer be cross-communication compatible. Therefore,
>internationalization must permit people to fully localize not only contents
>also interfaces. If we had forgotten all about it, the Internet is here to
>remind us that the only thing that truly deserves to be qualified
>"international" can only transcend national borders because everyone would
>to make it his own.

>2) What is it you are asking Unicode to keep doing or stop doing (which will
>be clearer once you answer #1).

[Alain] I had no intent of asking anything, but since you provoke me, I
found something with which I wholeheartedly agree:
>International forums and discussion groups should welcome contributions in all
>languages if their participants were really seeking the best and most
>interesting contributions. [...] If people want the best
>from the Internet, they have to invite back the best by first realizing that
>original thoughts automatically entail the use of original modes of

    I know... You don't want to hear about it. It leads to total chaos.
Like the actual world. And Unicode helps the world keeping this chaos
("chaos" being one possible intepretation, not mine, as I think the
opposite: nature diversity is the most divine attribute of the universe and
if Babel had not existed we should have invented it, as otherwise we'd
better be like molecules of a same, dull gas).

Alain LaBonté

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