[sword-devel] Re: [osis-editors] The death of OSIS?
will at thimbleby.net
Fri Aug 13 03:25:21 MST 2004
Agreed. I think the concept of users wanting to change quotes is mostly
academic. Has anyone actually wanted to do this? Really?
I believe (from a position of little knowledge) that the language rules
for quotes in complex cases go beyond what style sheets can do.
There was a claim quotes are additions to the text. I disagree. If you
go down this road, why would you stop at quotes? Surely commas are
additions as well and what about other punctuation? I believe that
quotes are part of the text as and where the translators placed them.
What this idea does is shift the responsibility of handle quotes for a
language from the translator (probably a group of highly educated
linguists -- specialised in each text and language) to the programmer.
As a programmer I can tell you who I'd rather have deal quotes. Are you
telling me that I (one illiterate programmer) would need to replace the
specialised knowledge of teams of translators for each text and the
hundreds of languages?
I think that almost nobody actually needs or wants this functionality,
and that it puts the burden of generating the quotes onto the wrong
shoulders. I also think that quotes are a part of the text, and I
disagree with the idea that people will like you changing them.
On 11 Aug 2004, at 6:24 pm, Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
> Preserving original document quote content is also a concern, but my
> overwhelming desire for this is to relieve the burden for myself to
> actually KNOW OR CARE how all languages of the world render their
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