Why I Hate Palmtops (was: Re: SGML, XML and SML)

rev-bob at gotc.com rev-bob at gotc.com
Sun Nov 28 08:30:40 GMT 1999

> ** Original Sender: Tim Bray <tbray at textuality.com>
> >Oh, to swipe a bone from the SML threads, here's another thing to toss in.  
> >I have a hard time visualizing radical internationalization on a tiny screen.  Anglo-
> >centric characters, I get.  Asian scripts and Cyrillic...well, those seem a bit out of
> >range.  Again, am I missing something?  
> Yes.  Approximately 75% of the world's population. -Tim

No, I meant "Am I missing something about the available screens, so that these visually 
complex glyphs are actually easier to display on them than I currently believe?"  I am 
well aware that there are many people on the globe who use a non-Anglo alphabet; I'm 
just questioning whether current tiny screens are up to the challenge of serving the needs 
of those people.  I just can't visualize squeezing Kanji into an 8x7 pixel matrix.

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