Word splitting & hyphenation conventions in romantransliteration

birgit kellner kellner at IPC.HIROSHIMA-U.AC.JP
Sat Feb 20 20:01:36 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. 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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