From: Dean Snyder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Mar 02 2005 - 07:45:15 CST
UList@dfa-mail.com wrote at 5:56 PM on Tuesday, March 1, 2005:
>> it had everything to do
>> with enabling cuneiform text processing and interchange in mixed script
>> systems text.
>Which of course means you could just use Latin transliteration, except when
>you need to discuss a photograph of some noteworthy sample. As your
>I believe, always previously done.
I challenge you, or anyone, to programmatically isolate cuneiform in
plain text text streams when it is transliterated; but this is trivial to
do if it is encoded.
>You, and perhaps every single other user of Sumeric cuneiform, may choose to
>deal only in one standardized script. This may or may not be ideal for some
>divergent documents. I will leave it to the individual workers in
>determine how they wish to deal with this subject in their own studies.
I, for one, do indeed plan on using period-specific glyphs in Unicode
cuneiform (when they become available - right now we have only UR III and
Neo-Assyrian glyphs), but this will be rightfully relegated to the
variable font level, i.e., above the plain text level.
>I find it highly odd -- and unacceptable -- for you to actually (if you read
>the words you wrote) forbid Greek users from displaying anything but standard
>Greek script in HTML.
I have never forbidden glyphic variation in HTML to Greek users, or to
any other users. I also work in Greek, including archaic Greek, but when
I feel the need for glyphic variation I change fonts, a triviality for
HTML. (Note that I am making no statement here about whether or not
archaic Greek should be encoded separately from later Greek. This
SPECIFIC encoding issue, as opposed to your GENERAL suggestion, is
associated with a combination of variabilities in character repertoire,
glyph shape, writing direction, and character stance, and not just with
glyph shape alone.)
Dean A. Snyder
Assistant Research Scholar
Manager, Digital Hammurabi Project
Computer Science Department
Whiting School of Engineering
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3400 North Charles Street
Johns Hopkins University
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