From: Mark E. Shoulson (email@example.com)
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 10:12:18 CDT
Dean Snyder wrote:
>Mark E. Shoulson wrote at 9:42 AM on Friday, May 7, 2004:
>>Dean Snyder wrote:
>>>We need EXPLICIT reasons to justify a new encoding. Just saying
>>>that somebody wants it in XML because their font won't show up is
>>>insufficient justification, especially when the repercussions in the
>>>scholarly communities who actually use this stuff could be disruptive.
>>See posts by Deborah Anderson and Paul James Cowie. Is that enough? Or
>>are they not expert enough or something?
>I've read and responded to their emails here. I do not impugne their
>expertise; we just disagree on this issue.
You've responded to us, not them. At this point, Unicode, the
"non-experts," have some experts saying "we need Phoenician" and some
experts saying "no we don't." If this is to be resolved, the experts
need to fight it out among themselves. You can't say "here are reasons
you shouldn't listen to them," you need to say to *them* "here's why you
should change your recommendation." Otherwise, we're back in the state
where some want and some don't, and the response to that has to be to
provide those that want with what they want and let the others not use it.
>Obviously one can find experts on both sides of this debate.
Experts that need something should not be told "You can't have it
because we have other experts who don't like it."
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