Word splitting & hyphenation conventions in romantransliteration

Petr Mares erpet at COMP.CZ
Sat Feb 20 20:27:19 UTC 1999

> Petr Mares wrote:
> > Chinese as I know I are not good at programming, surely not as
> > some Indians who are often on the peak at least in the
> > programming area I know about. Chinese software  bussines is
> > basically just following, never leading. The whole culture is based on
> > enormously complicated script that is just a heavy bag in the software
> > development. It is great for caligraphy or poetry but not for the
> > information processing as we know it from the current IT.
> This suggests that the character of the script of a natural language has a
> direct impact on whether or not the respective linguistic community
> produces a significant amount of "advanced" computer programmers.
Not necessary. Those were two things in the reply - not
1. No good programmers and no leading possitions in IT.

2. Difficoulty of computing industry due to enormous number of
Characters and standards. There is for example more than 70 000
DIFFERENT characters in Chinese tripitaka. There is over 20.000
Different characters in Unicode. So the industry has to concentrate
on dealing with many standards, BIG5, GB, HZ, Unicode etc in the
firsthand. It is the main burden for the fast development.

Another thing is that I pesronally believe that some cultures have
more people able to write poetry and some country has more
manpower that capture easy what is recursive coding.


Petr Mares

To me,
> this begs the question, as no computer programming languages I am aware of
> are based on either Indic or Chinese characters anyway, so why should that
> make a difference? (whether Chinese people have more or less difficulties
> learning a programming language that is encoded in Roman script is an
> altogether different question)
> Reasons for whether or not a particular country's computer industry is
> "behind" or "leading" are perhaps more meaningfully sought in the
> economic/political landscape of that country, the degree to which
> computers are used (and for what purpose), government support for computer
> development, employment opportunities, and so on.
> --
> birgit kellner
> department for indian philosophy
> hiroshima university

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