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Hi Jonathon:

I agree with almost everything you say, but am not sure about "More
languages use the Latin Writing System, than any other writing system. By
that criteria, it is normal." First, I wasn't really intending to use the
word "normal" in that context; it was more intended to reflect "the assumed
default" or something similar. Latin/English needs to be present, of course,
in any computer system for obvious reasons. But wouldn't the phrase "more
languages" be more suitably replaced by "more people?" Not disagreeing with
you - just food for thought. In any case, I guess my real point was that
oodles (technical term) of folks don't use Latin script in their day-to-day
writings and any hurdles they need to jump through annoy me just from an
architectural/design point. I realize that not everyone mixes scripts in the
same document, but it just seems to me that if I can do that in GEdit or
Kate with no yelling and screaming, I feel annoyed when Writer (and most
other word processors) seems to get in the way.

And you are certainly correct that I should have used the term "Unicode

From my  own (admittedly very brief) exposure to Vietnamese, I ended up with
the impression that use of ideographs pretty much died a few centuries ago -
being replaced by the awful quốc ngữ quasi-Latin script (Cyril and Methodius
did a much better job adapting Greek script to serve or their Russian
missionary work - a script now called Cyrllic - one can only assume
Methodius wasn't the main driving force).

I am a big believer in styles, but the idea of having separate styles for
separate attributes is fine, having to multiply that number by the number of
scripts in use within a document just smacks of Rube Goldberg - there's got
to be a better way. I'm just sorry I'm old enough that I might never see
such a solution. I guess that's why I simply don't like the whole CTL idea.
Your own example of the five systems for Japanese seems to me to acknowledge
at least the idea that we're still seeking the common denominator.

But, keep up your efforts ...


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