Re: Klingon silliness

From: Rick McGowan (
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 12:42:07 EST

"G. Adam Stanislav" <> wrote...

> I believe there are other *human* scripts that need to be encoded
> in Unicode before Klingon (is Mayan encoded yet, for example?).

I sympathise with the general sense here, but Mayan isn't a great example.
 Mayan is dead, as are many other scripts that are on the roadmap for
eventual encoding. Please see for example:

There are as yet many *living* human scripts that are of far more
immediate importance than either Mayan or Klingon. But users of them don't
have huge advertising budgets or viewerships in the millions.

Klingon has some kind of mass market appeal and lots of people get excited
about it, so it keeps coming up as a topic time and time again, whether
"we" want it to or not. The masses in high-tech television-watching
countries don't get excited about increasing literacy and preserving the
heritage of linguistic minorities in Southeast Asia.

Pretty sad situation, but I don't see that the "Klingon Issue" will go
away... It's like malaria.

If G. Adam wants to change the situation, it would be far more effective
to work toward encoding some of the important minority scripts and
increasing this list's traffic about important issues rather than
complaining about Klingon.


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