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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 92 18:40:39 +0100
From: Keld J|rn Simonsen <[log in to unmask]>
1. For readability.
2. For writabililty:
3. For presentation:
Sure, shorter character names will be more efficient IF ONE HAS TO TYPE
THEM IN AS NAMES. While this may be necessary for a transition period
until 10646-based editors are available, it definitely should not be seen
as a long term solution. It is completely absurd to require human users
to enter characters as names of characters. Nobody in their right mind
is going to do this for a Japanese or Chinese text, or a Thai or Arabic
text for that matter. Instead of coming up with ineffective interim solutions
that will never be used, we should be building fully-enabled 10646 systems.
A task which I have been working at now for the last three years.
For that matter, I would also argue that no human user should be forced
to learn anything about SGML to use it. It should simply be an underlying
serial representation like RTF. Applications should provide user interfaces
that present the functional abstraction of SGML without requiring any
specific knowledge of SGML syntax or representations.