Word splitting & hyphenation conventions in roman transliteration

Narayan S. Raja raja at IFA.HAWAII.EDU
Sat Feb 20 00:16:03 UTC 1999

On Fri, 19 Feb 1999, U. Hayavadana wrote:

> At 13:17 18.02.99 -1000, Raja wrote:
> >By either argument, it seems that
> >the literacy rate will be over 90%
> >30 years from now (at worst).
> "at worst". why aim at the worst?

I'm not aiming at anything at all.
I'm merely providing some facts and
informing you what will happen
if the current statistical trend
continues.  It is for *you* to show
that introducing a new "rOman skript"
controversy in India will result in
the accelerated spread of literacy.
I don't have to prove it.  You do.
You are the one who linked skript
with literacy.

Don't just go on talking about fonts.
India isn't a printing press.  It's
a real country with real people
holding strong likes and dislikes.
So talk about reality.

> >So the real question is: will
> >starting a brand new controversy
> >in India (about switching to
> >rOman skript) accelerate the
> >spread of literacy?
> why are you refusing to see the point?

You din't answer my question.
Allegedly, this is all about
literacy.  So answer my question.
I'll even repeat it for you:  will
starting a brand new controversy
in India (about switching to
rOman skript) accelerate the
spread of literacy?

> using roman is very simply the most efficient, also cost-efficient means
> of spreading literacy.  why don't you want that?

Now, now.  You won't get very far
by claiming that
opposing rOman skript == opposing literacy.
That's untrue and we both know it.

> them something efficient. if you want to give somebody an animal to ride
> on, then give him a horse instead of a donkey, if you have both to give.

Personally, I believe everyone
should switch to HTML (in rOman
skript, of course).



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