Re: definition of plain text

From: Peter Cyrus <>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:49:27 +0200

It's been done already : the International Phonetic Alphabet. If we
all just wrote in that, it would make Unicode much easier to
implement, too.

I'm just working on Plan B, just in case.

On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM, Ken Whistler <> wrote:
> On 10/17/2011 1:23 AM, Peter Cyrus wrote:
>> Perhaps the idea of something embedded in the text that then controls
>> the display of the subsequent run of text is the very definition of
>> "markup", whether or not that markup is a special character or an
>> ASCII sequence like</span><span style="gait:xxx;">  or</span><span
>> style="font:xxx;">.
> Yep.
> And FWIW, rather than invent a new conscript for what you are attempting to
> do, my recommendation would be to simply use a strictly defined phonetic
> subset of the already-encoded Unicode characters, and then use XML markup
> to define gait. Your marked-up text would be more voluminous, but
> the chances of it displaying decently and being processable with widely
> available tools would be much better.
> --Ken
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