Re: The Phaistos Disc

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Tue Apr 04 2006 - 22:40:12 CST

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    Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

    >>> Perhaps most importantly, should I be worried that you posted this
    >>> on April 1? :-)
    >> I thought he was joking last year when he proposed INVERTED
    >> INTERROBANG, in a proposal form with "2005-04-01" sprinkled all over
    >> the place -- in bold even -- but it's been approved by UTC.
    > John Jenkins and I are serious, though we chose to present an
    > enjoyable proposal on an enjoyable day.

    This is going to come across like telling Beethoven how to write a
    symphony, but...

    I think if I were ever to write a serious encoding proposal for a
    character such as INVERTED INTERROBANG, or a script or glyph set such as
    Phaistos, that could raise the slightest doubt as to whether I was
    serious or joking, I would want to go far, FAR out of my way to avoid
    associating the proposal with April 1. Under no circumstance would I
    want that date appearing on my document.

    Michael, having written hundreds of such documents, is probably a lot
    more confident than I would be about whether people take him seriously.

    Doug Ewell
    Fullerton, California, USA

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