Re: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: John Hudson (
Date: Fri May 21 2004 - 20:30:13 CDT

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    Dean Snyder wrote:

    > What do you suggest I, or others, do other than have such discussions?

    Target precisely and selectively.

    Pay attention to what Ken Whistler writes, as he can generally be relied on to precisely
    identify the basis on which a UTC decision might be expected. As he has noted, UTC
    approval of a proposal to separately encode Phoenician is most likely to be based on an
    expressed need to distinguish Hebrew and 'Phoenician' in plain text by a specific user
    community or communities. As he has also noted, expression of an absence of need from a
    user community does not constitute grounds for ignoring the expression of need from one or
    more other communities. Get it? The fact that semtiticists do not need and many,
    apparently, do not want a separate encoding does not override a need expressed by someone
    else. The fact that *I* do not need and don't particularly want such an encoding does not
    override a need expressed by someone else. It should follow from this observation that
    *any* argument based on stating, restating or otherwise asserting semiticists' lack of
    need for such an encoding is futile *if* reasonable need is expressed by other users.

    So there you have your selecte and precise target: the need for plain-text distinction of
    Hebrew and Phoenician as expressed by other user communities. This is the only target that
    it is worth attacking, because it is the only target that offers the possibility of
    victory. You need to identify the user communities that believe they have a need to make a
    plain-text distinction, and you need to convince them that they don't really need it after

    Be prepared, however, for the possibility that the expressed need may turn out to be

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC
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