> On 14 Oct 2016, at 08:53, Mikhail V <mikhail...@gmail.com> wrote:
> What keeps people from using same characters?
> I will tell you what - it is local law. If you go to school you *have* to
> write in what is prescribed by big daddy. If youre in europe or America, you
> more lucky. And if you're in China you'll be punished if you
> want some freedom. So like it or not, learn hieroglyphs
> and become visually impaired in age of 18.
So you know, for the future, I think this comment is going to be the one that
causes most of the people who were left to disengage with this discussion.
The many glyphs that exist for writing various human languages are not
inefficiency to be optimised away. Further, I should note that most places to
not legislate about what character sets are acceptable to transcribe their
languages. Indeed, plenty of non-romance-language-speakers have found ways to
transcribe their languages of choice into the limited 8-bit character sets that
the Anglophone world propagated: take a look at Arabish for the best kind of
example of this behaviour, where "الجو عامل ايه النهارده فى إسكندرية؟" will get
rendered as "el gaw 3amel eh elnaharda f eskendereya?”
But I think you’re in a tiny minority of people who believe that all languages
should be rendered in the same script. I can think of only two reasons to argue
1. Dealing with lots of scripts is technologically tricky and it would be
better if we didn’t bother. This is the anti-Unicode argument, and it’s a weak
argument, though it has the advantage of being internally consistent.
2. There is some genuine harm caused by learning non-ASCII scripts.
Your paragraph suggest that you really believe that learning to write in Kanji
(logographic system) as opposed to Katagana (alphabetic system with 48
non-punctuation characters) somehow leads to active harm (your phrase was
“become visually impaired”). I’m afraid that you’re really going to need to
provide one hell of a citation for that, because that’s quite an extraordinary
Otherwise, I’m afraid I have to say お先に失礼します.
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