Re: Unicode & space in programming & l10n

From: Hans Aberg (
Date: Tue Oct 03 2006 - 05:45:19 CST

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    On 3 Oct 2006, at 01:15, Kenneth Whistler wrote:

    >> The question is then really, and there the relevance to this list may
    >> come in, if there are compressed formats that take care of the
    >> Unicode character structure enabling efficient typical natural
    >> language usage.
    > No.

    I think you inadvertently gives an ambiguous answer :-), because I
    think you mean, that to your knowledge, no such methods are in
    existence, whereas, I pondered (or so I recall) over whether such
    methods would give a high degree of performance over other methods.

    > But I could be wrong, of course. ;-)

    But another thing about compressions formats, is the need for them.
    Looking at the MP3 and AAC compressions, they have played a big role
    because there has been limited computer space available, but these
    formats become less important now, when there is more space
    available. On the other hand, uploading fingerprints over the mobile
    phone used to take many hours, but now it has been compressed to much
    shorter time, cutting identification to just a few hours, and as a
    result, the crime rate in one area was cut with something like 40 % -
    relatively few people are engaged professionally in crime, so the
    rate cut is due to quickly getting hold of the culprit.

    So some factors say that compression isn't that important, given that
    computer space is ample. In some types of applications, it can though
    be very important.

    So it seems when making a compression method, one needs carefully
    thinking of its uses.

       Hans Aberg

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