From: John Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue May 25 2004 - 11:59:35 CDT
Christopher Fynn wrote:
>> *All* classification is arbitrary.
> If script classification is arbitrary or nominal, isn't there is still a
> case for attempting some consistency or following a single model within
> a particular standard like the UCS?
Indeed there is. If a single, one-size-fits-all model can't be described, at least a
series of guidelines could be, i.e. guidelines formalised by the UTC not simply endorsed
by one person who happens to have proposed a lot of stuff to be encoded. I have a huge
amount of respect for Michael and his achievements, but I think something other than his
opinion and endorsement is necessary to formally clarify the grounds for encoding or not
encoding contentious writing systems. The absence of such guidelines promotes the kind of
circular debate we've seen over Phoenician. Appeals to precedence should be considered,
but I don't think they are convincing in themselves because everyone knows that precedence
also involved an absence of specific guidelines and decisions that, arguably, could or
should have been different. As noted previously, guidelines are more important for dealing
with historical scripts than for living ones, since more contentious questions tend to be
raised by such writing systems.
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