[unrev-II] However this will not prevent the coming Internet/Unicode nightmare

From: N. C a r r o l l (ncarroll@hastingsresearch.com)
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 15:01:56 PST

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    From: Eugene Eric Kim <eekim@eekim.com>

    > http://partners.nytimes.com/2001/02/01/technology/01LOST.html
    > This piece describes how people in China are forgetting how to write
    > Chinese characters because of word processors.

    An interesting article. I imagine the loss of writing skill *must*
    eventually handicap reading ability.

    However, it won't happen tomorrow. And in that light: I work
    with a programmer/linguist who assures me that all hell is about
    to break loose over who gets to use the 56,000 characters of
    Unicode. By the time you add together Han, Katakana, Hiragana,
    not to mention Hancha, you're at some 70k characters. But the
    fun only begins there. My colleague assures me that the world's
    characters add up to about 150,000. He's writing a paper
    about it -- I'll post the link.


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