From: Dean Snyder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 10:22:54 EDT
C J Fynn wrote at 10:18 AM on Thursday, April 29, 2004:
>Dean Snyder <email@example.com> wrote:
>> 3) How will you encode it, given you have at your disposal Hebrew,
>> Phoenician, and Aramaic encodings?
>If the scripts are as structurally near identical as it is claimed they are
>then it should be straightforward to create a simlpe utility to transpose
>between Hebrew, Phonecian, and Aramaic block encodings and/or a "smart" font
>which can be used to display characters from one of these scripts with glyphs
Yes, such utilities are trivial to write, but if you multiply the need to
resolve this mess this way for every Unicode-based West Semitic
dictionary, grammar, textbook, web page, research article, database,
search engine, and end user software project, you begin to see the kinds
of problems caused by the proliferation of wrong-headed sub-divisions of
West Semitic "scripts" in plain text.
>It always going to be harder to disunify data at a later date than to
>since with plain, un-tagged text there is no indication of which script the
>original text was written in, unless it is encoded with a seperate sub-set of
I'm suggesting that the dis-unification remain at the markup level for
some of the proposed West Semitic encodings.
>> 4) How will your possible miss-encoding affect future software results?
>Why would this be a "miss-encoding"? I'd look at text encoded using
>characters for particular scripts as being "finer grained" than where
>different scripts is encoded using the characters for a single script.
>always go from high resolution to low resolution but not the other way round.
But if the fine grained analysis is wrong at the more fundamental plain
text level the error propagates farther and is more trouble to deal with
than if it is at the markup level.
Dean A. Snyder
Assistant Research Scholar
Manager, Digital Hammurabi Project
Computer Science Department
Whiting School of Engineering
218C New Engineering Building
3400 North Charles Street
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, USA 21218
office: 410 516-6850
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