Re: Exemplar Characters

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Wed Nov 16 2005 - 14:54:56 CST

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    On 11/16/2005 12:26 AM, JR wrote:

    > It is used, but not commonly used, certainly not on the west side of
    > thepond. Evidence: several encodings do not support it (e.g. ASCII -
    > AmericanStandard Code for Information Interchange).
    This is a pretty lame argument, as ASCII was defined as 'the best you
    can do with 96 code positions', and did not start with trying to reflect
    any particular writing system. For example the choice of \ over the
    cent-sign is clearly not informed by American orthography, but by
    specialized needs of some technologists at the time.

    What about the earlier, and in their time very successful character sets
    that had only CAPS? Would you count those as evidence that lowercase is
    not a part of the Englishs orthography?


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