Re: Biblical Hebrew (Was: Major Defect in Combining Classes of Tibetan Vowels)

From: John Cowan (
Date: Fri Jun 27 2003 - 10:40:00 EDT

  • Next message: Michael Everson: "Re: [cowan: Re: Biblical Hebrew (Was: Major Defect in Combining Classes of Tibetan Vowels)]"

    Karljürgen Feuerherm scripsit:

    > 1. Everyone is more or less agreed that the present combining class rules as
    > they apply to BH contain mistakes. The clearly preferential way to deal with
    > mistakes in any technological/computing software environment is to FIX them.

    Not so. Sometimes stability is more important than correctness. The use of
    the backslash character in DOS/Windows systems as a path separator is
    arguably a mistake (paths were borrowed from Unix into DOS 2.0, but the
    slash was already in use for command-line options, something inherited from
    CP/M and the ancestral CLI running back through DEC operating systems),
    but fixing it is out of the question.

    > Several people have expressed reasons why this can't be (practically) be
    > done--which mainly seem to stem from political concerns.

    All concerns involving human beings -- ho bios politikos -- are political
    in some sense.

    > 2. Consequently ANY OTHER solution than 'FIX the obvious mistake(s)' is a
    > kludge (contra Philippe's (?) recent comment). One *pays* for all kludges,

    One pays for all *choices*.

    Do NOT stray from the path!             John Cowan <>

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Fri Jun 27 2003 - 11:18:51 EDT