About sml and internationalization

Rick Jelliffe ricko at allette.com.au
Sun Nov 28 03:50:41 GMT 1999

 From: Don Park <donpark at docuverse.com>
>There is also no need to talk down to me from a
>high horse about the problems of some lost tribe
>in Mongolia.  I have lived long enough to have
>my own opinions about such things and I doubt
>we will ever convinced each other about what
>the 'right' thing to do is.
I live and work in Taiwan.  If Chinese names are 
allowed, people here can accept XML (e.g., the Electronic
Government Initiative).  If Chinese encodings 
are allowed (e.g., Big5) people here can use XML. 

So both names and encodings are needed.

According to a post somewhere else (by Murata Makoto
I think), 50% of Japanese XML pages use Japanese
script markup.

Taiwan is the %1 supplier of computer peripherals in
the world and the #11 economic power. Japan is in
the top 3 economic powers. Neither of them are
lost tribes of Mongolia; and, in any case, if the
Mongolians et al. are lost, perhaps it is the result
of us forgetting them.

An element name is not like a keyword in a programming
language.  It is more like a variable name or field name.
These have much more visibility to ordinary users than
keywords in languages. 

Rick Jelliffe

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