Date: Fri May 14 2004 - 15:08:25 CDT
Dean A. Snyder wrote,
> The issue is not what we CAN do; the issue is what will we be FORCED to
> do that already happens right now by default in operating systems,
> Google, databases, etc. without any end user fiddling?
That's the question.
Since search engines like Google survive based on their ability to serve
users' wants and find what users seek, why wouldn't Google make such
I don't have any contacts at Google, so don't know who to ask.
But, IMHO Google is one of the best search engines available. From
observation, they seem to "roll with the punches" quite well. They
seem to be "first" with multilingual and Unicode-based search
capabilities, multilingual user interfaces, and they even have a beta
translator which has given many hours of amusement.
(Google interface in Hebrew, http://www.google.com/intl/iw/ )
Plus, they clearly *like* to be avant-garde, even if it takes a little
extra work. (They also have user interfaces in Klingon and various
other interesting languages. Although many of their language-based
interfaces transliterate to Latin, one suspects that this is only
because of the lack of widespread system support for many complex
scripts, and that this will change when appropriate.)
If giving Phoenician script and Hebrew script equivalence for searching
purposes means that scholars can use their service to find what they
want, it seems only natural that the good folks at Google would do
the job right.
> Obviously for the statistically fewer custom applications we would write
Although perhaps statistically fewer, it would seem to be just as
obvious that the most useful applications in your work would be
custom out of necessity.
A custom application, for example, would allow the user to set
a font for showing, say, cuneiform glyphs in the private use
area to display custom file names. But, a default application
might just substitute an inappropriate font willy-nilly.
> But it would seem that encoding defaults should mirror script-user defaults.
Would it be fair to say that people who don't use the Phoenician
script aren't members of its user community?
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