Encoding scripts in tags: evil or just unpleasant?
jcowan at reutershealth.com
Fri May 23 12:58:50 CEST 2003
Peter_Constable at sil.org scripsit:
> I don't know the situation well enough to know how dominant either script
> is, but perhaps if there's any debate about whether Cyrillic is dominant
> enough, maybe that suggests it isn't dominant enough ?? I.e. perhaps we
> should only consider a default script to be implied by a language ID if
> there is no reasonable doubt that it is appropriate -- if it's completely
> obvious ??
I agree: only if completely obvious. I once got into a debate where I
said that position X on issue Y was controversial, and someone replied
"It's not controversial at all!" I contended (to no avail) that the
fact that he was arguing with me proved that I was right: he and I
by ourselves instantiated the controversy I claimed to exist!
John Cowan jcowan at reutershealth.com www.reutershealth.com www.ccil.org/~cowan
"The exception proves the rule." Dimbulbs think: "Your counterexample proves
my theory." Latin students think "'Probat' means 'tests': the exception puts
the rule to the proof." But legal historians know it means "Evidence for an
exception is evidence of the existence of a rule in cases not excepted from."
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