From: Jony Rosenne (email@example.com)
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 13:06:44 CDT
The argumentation is not symmetrical. When you have some people who says
they need it, and some who say they do not, the latter have the option of
not using it but the former do not have a parallel alternative.
A possible strong negative argument would be if having it would cause
problems for those who do not think they need it. For example, if it would
make searching more difficult. This argument has been raised, but I am not
convinced the possible difficulties are significant.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Mark E. Shoulson
> Sent: Friday, May 07, 2004 5:12 PM
> To: Dean Snyder
> Cc: Unicode List
> Subject: Re: Phoenician
> 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
> >>See posts by Deborah Anderson and Paul James Cowie. Is
> that enough?
> >>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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