From: Asmus Freytag (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Apr 09 2011 - 13:31:19 CDT
On 4/9/2011 8:47 AM, Doug Ewell wrote:
> Christopher Fynn wrote:
>> In Post Offices throughout India they had (and may still have) a list
>> of indexed sentences ranging from things like "Best Wishes for
>> Diwali" to "Father on his death bed, come immediately". These
>> messages could be sent by the telegraph operator in a few short morse
>> code characters simply indicating the sequence on the list and the
>> Indian language in which the message was to be delivered. The sender
>> was only charged for the few characters necessary to send the
> As I wrote earlier, there are a great many things in life, including
> items of information, which can be indexed and encoded to great
> benefit. But unless these items can somehow be considered characters,
> I don't think the Unicode Standard is the place to index and encode them.
I rather suspect this was meant as tongue-in-cheek, Doug. The part that
you didn't quote, gives it away, I think. That was the part that contained:
"...if [one] could demonstrate a need for round-trip compatibility..."
PS: telegraph codes are an interesting field. They solved all sorts of
problems from compression to encryption. A while back there was a book
called "The Victorian Internet", about the impact of nearly
instantaneous communication introduced by the telegraph. Great read.
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