Date: Fri Jan 28 2011 - 07:08:48 CST
This reminds me of an idea to encode all words, which was briefly discussed on this list a couple of years ago. There was not much enthusiasm for the idea, as I recall, and some good reasons not to pursue it.
In the case of sentences, there could be endless debate on the choice of subjects, and then complications on the linguistic and cultural level for fixing equivalents in other languages for sentences that might seem obvious in whatever language (English?) that one starts with.
In any event, an alternative would be a kind of dynamic composition of localized sentences (starting with any sentence one may put together for localization) using complex sets of algorithms, and in which the role of Unicode would be limited to the character level.
From: "Martin J. Dürst"
To: William_J_G Overington
Cc: Neil Harris
Subject: Re: On the possibility of encoding some localizable sentences inplane 7 (from Re: On the possibility of encoding webdings in Unicode)
Sent: Jan 28, 2011 07:13
On 2011/01/28 16:50, William_J_G Overington wrote:
> My idea does not seek to do that. I am suggesting that there be a finite number of localizable sentences. It could be hundreds, maybe thousands eventually. I am thinking that Unicode could encode a few to start in plane 7 in Unicode 7.0 so as to get started and then more could be added gradually with each update to Unicode as people discover particular needs.
Even if you start just with your "gluten-free restaurant" sentence,
there's hundreds of things people some are allergic against (or
otherwise have health problems or just can't stand), so that single
example already gives you hundreds of sentences. And there's obviously
much more to talk about.
-- #-# Martin J. Dürst, Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University #-# http://www.sw.it.aoyama.ac.jp mailto:email@example.com Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
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