RE: About that alphabetician...

From: John Hudson (
Date: Thu Sep 25 2003 - 11:33:20 EDT

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    At 07:11 AM 9/25/2003, Hart, Edwin F. wrote:

    >I like to say, "Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646 describe a single standard for
    >representing the world's characters in computers as a series of numbers
    >(zeros and ones)."

    Unicode is an encoding standard for text on computers that allows documents
    in any script and language to be entered, stored, edited and exchanged.

    I think it is best to relate the description to what the layman does: he
    types things, and he edits them and he sends them to other laymen. The 'big
    font' thing is a really bad idea because it is completely inaccurate:
    that's not informing the layman in terms he understands, that's misleading
    him. I also think it is a good idea to include the word 'encoding', because
    if the rest of one's description is simple it can be a useful way to plant
    new terminology in someone's head.

    I have not seen the article yet -- too little time with ATypI kicking off
    this evening --, but I'm sure Michael did a grand job otherwise.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC

    You need a good operator to make type. If it were a
    DIY affair the caster would only run for about five
    minutes before the DIYer burned his butt off.
                                           - Jim Rimmer

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