layering specs

Rick Jelliffe ricko at
Mon Feb 22 18:23:56 GMT 1999

>Never really tried to speak Latin, though my brother did for one fun
>in Rome...

Some people still talk in Latin (mainly to God), so it is rather
premature to call it dead; though I certainly grant that if you consider
religious expression less important that politics, TV and technology,
then Latin is more than a bit whiffy.  I have read that Latin was still
spoken as a second language last century in Iceland or Greenland; and I
think it was the court language for the Austro-Hungarian empire even
last century too: I cannot find out from here if this was just for legal
and court documents, and whether it was spoken as well as read. The
Vatican released a new glossary of Latin expressions for technological
terms recently, because they need to translate documents into Latin
which may refer to modern artifacts. I wonder what the Latin for XML is?
(ling** extensibil** annotat** ??)--any offers?

I am not advocating that W3C write future specifications in Latin to
gain precision.

Rick Jelliffe
Non-latin Taipei

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