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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Paul Bartlett

> > Historically speaking, maps had east at the top, presumably
because
> > you would consult the map at sunrise before starting or
continuing
> > your journey.  Pointing the map in the correct direction was
> > therefore 'orientation', from 'orient' = east. Maps had north at
the
> > top when magnetic compasses came into common use.
> 
> However, the issue as I see it in reference to conIALs is what do
most
> people *today* use to refer to compass directions, not what did
some
> people use two millennia ago, as historically interesting as those
> might be today.

Yes.  Auxlangs need to be usuable to the current and future
populations, unless someone plans on jumping into their time machine
to teach it to our ancestors.