From: André Szabolcs Szelp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jun 18 2009 - 14:59:19 CDT
Look, I was not suggesting changing the document. I'm not avid about
either the current form or the change. I really don't care, I just
wanted to present facts objectively.
I'm just quite terrified how much people get entangled in a supposedly
We are not even talking about how to spell the word, but rather just
about the very pronunciation behind the word surfacing on the article.
I'd like to point to the ambigous cases of a~an usage in certain cases
in English. The world does not collapse if one document uses "a
hostel" and an other one "an hostel" in English. And honestly said,
the document cannot even be considered using "wrong" form as long as
there is no settled convention yet. Which is clearly not.
Go on, people, and let's discuss _real_ stuff!
2009/6/18 Asmus Freytag <email@example.com>:
> On 6/18/2009 11:22 AM, André Szabolcs Szelp wrote:
>> "There's also the issue that some foreign terms may not have a single
>> settled form of usage for an extended period"
>> That seems to be exactly the case in the debated issue.
>> Actually, a representative survey among IT pros (i.e. the actual user
>> community of the word; Unicode *is* a terminus technicus) could bring
>> clarification for that,
> ... or it might not. There are definitely cases where multiple terms are in
> use in a language and even if you back your choice with a poll, it remains
> very much a choice.
> If that's the case in this instance, someone needs to decide how to settle
> the issue for *this* document.
-- Szelp, André Szabolcs +43 (650) 79 22 400
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