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RE: About SML and internationalization

  • From: "Didier PH Martin" <martind@n...>
  • To: <xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 15:55:28 -0500

RE: About SML and internationalization
Hi John,

Thanks for correcting my comment about the Eskimo words for snow (and I
learned something useful in the process, so many thanks for this).

This nonetheless, do not diminish the fact that for an Eskimo to be able to
markup in its own language is a minimal right and respect from the rest of
the planet toward its own culture. Also, that XML is a framework used to
create domain languages. Am right this time? And as such, a domain language
may equally well created in Japanese, Chinese, German, English, Spanish,
Portuguese, French, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish... By the way (I do
not want to make an error this time) how many different languages do we have
on our spaceship named earth?

Cheers
Didier PH Martin
mailto:martind@n...
http://www.netfolder.com

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-xml-dev@i... [mailto:owner-xml-dev@i...]On Behalf Of
John Cowan
Sent: Saturday, November 27, 1999 4:06 PM
To: xml-dev@i...
Subject: Re: About SML and internationalization


Didier PH Martin scripsit:

> Don, how would you, in English, markup a text talking about snow? In the
> Inuit language (you know these people living up north of Canada) there is
> approx. 30 different words to qualify snow.

*sigh*.  The correct number of words is four.
See http://www.urbanlegends.com/language/eskimo_words_for_snow_more.html .

--
John Cowan                                   cowan@c...
       I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin

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