RE: postal delivery efforts

From: Jony Rosenne (
Date: Sat Oct 14 2006 - 01:29:42 CST

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    I am not sure what it means. In Israel too you see Roman (and btw, Cyrillic
    and Arabic) letters all over the place, and English is required in most
    schools, but a substantial minority cannot read them. Of course these people
    do not use the internet and can only use specialized applications on
    computers. Many other people have a great difficulty in deciphering them.

    When the advertisers use Roman letters and URLs they also want to convey a
    modern and sophisticated image, not just information.

    The next step in internationalizing the internet should be de-Romanization,
    allowing everyone to access the internet in his own language and script.


    > -----Original Message-----
    > From:
    > [] On Behalf Of Kenneth Whistler
    > Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 11:21 PM
    > To:
    > Cc:
    > Subject: Re: postal delivery efforts
    > Richard Wordingham said:
    > > Doesn't mean they can read them. Quite a few Thais, even
    > including some who
    > > speak enough English to chat, don't know the Roman letters,
    > although all
    > > Thais are exposed to Roman letters outside school. As a
    > trivial example, I
    > > am regularly exposed to Chinese and Japanese on the Solaris
    > CDE welcome
    > > screen, but I read very little of either.
    > True, perhaps, but that is a completely assymmetrical observation.
    > All 127 million Japanese are continually bombarded by romaji in
    > advertising and in other contexts, as well as every one of them
    > having had to deal with English as a compulsory school subject
    > at some point. Does that mean that all of them can read
    > English? Of course not. But the amount of familiarity in Japan
    > with Latin A-Z is orders of magnitude greater than the
    > amount of familiarity in the United States with Chinese characters
    > (outside the communities of Japanese and Chinese living in
    > the United States who actually use them, of course).
    > Picking up a random old copy of the Asahi Shimbun, I see on the front
    > page:
    > Graphical Computer Books
    > Information Design Publishing
    > FAX ((multiple instances))
    > Namco
    > NPO
    > CS
    > and multiple instances of single letters used in combination
    > with katakana, including "A", "B", and "J".
    > The URL's alone should illustrate the obvious -- *anybody* touching
    > the internet in any way has been using Latin letters for a decade.
    > While that still doesn't come close to the majority of the people
    > of the world, the use of URL's in advertising is currently
    > completely ubiquitous in East Asia, across many countries, and is
    > certainly in-your-face for anyone who isn't completely illiterate.
    > --Ken

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