Re: The Oxford Comma - A Gift Worth Atleast 5 Cents
>>>>> "ac" == ac <ac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes: ac> and that, although English is not the worse, human languages ac> have relatively little to do with logic and structure since ac> they are built from arbitrary usage and tradition, not ac> structure and logic (although some have tried). Esperanto is ac> the best. Yet, as some have proposed, its accented letters ac> could easily be replaced with unaccented letters, making ac> digital life easier for users, if it was not for the Esperanto ac> tradition ... You are talking about orthography here, not language. Natural languages tend to have a lot to do with logic (the logic of communication). ac> Programming languages always carry quite a bit of tradition ac> also but at least, they usually have some structure and logic. But the logic has a different basis - fundamentally, they must be parsed in a non-ambiguous way - humans can cope, and even delight in (puns) ambiguity in the language. This is very much harder for computer-language parsers. ac> Standardized and XML-based, XSLT (2) is quite nice to process ac> and transform, at least relatively to most other languages. But it's not nearly so nice to read, because of the XML syntax. -- Colin Adams Preston Lancashire
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