Re: Localizable sentences (from Re: On the possibility of encoding webdings in Unicode)

From: William_J_G Overington (
Date: Fri Jan 28 2011 - 09:33:32 CST

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    On Friday 28 January 2011, Julian Bradfield <> wrote:
    > The one thing you have never explained is why this primary key should be a Unicode character, rather than simply numbering your sentences starting from zero and publishing that list of numbers.
    The primary key would be a Unicode character so that it could be included directly in Unicode plain text and thus a graphic symbol could be displayed by default from a font if a software system with a database were not available for localization, or if such localization were not selected by the user of the display of the receiving device.
    If sentences were simply numbered then a system of markup would be needed in order to include them in plain text and a graphic would not display by default and the receiving system would of necessity need to be stateful.
    William Overington
    28 January 2011


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