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Re: CSUR help

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 14:17
It sounds like some (plural?) of us should take it over.

Mark J. Reed skrev:
> FYI, got this reply from John about the CSUR. > > > ---------- Forwarded message ---------- > From: John Cowan <cowan@...> > Date: Feb 4, 2008 12:17 PM > Subject: Re: CSUR help > To: "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...> > Cc: > > > Mark J. Reed scripsit: > >> Sorry to bug you about something you no longer maintain, but folks on >> CONLANG-L are saying they submitted scripts months ago and got no >> response. Nor did emailing Mr. Everson directly yield one. So I >> thought you might have some insight into what's going on behind the >> scenes there? > > Michael is a busy, busy, busy man. He runs around the world trying > to get enough information to encode scripts for minority languages > on a shoestring budget while typesetting books in Irish to pay his > personal bills. Hobbyist stuff, however entrancing, goes to the bottom > of the list. > > Furthermore, he's on a deadline, even if a soft one: eventually the PHBs > are going to decide that Unicode has "enough" characters -- already it > can handle all the commercially important writing systems -- and shrink, > then cut off, funding. Whatever is not encoded by then will have to > wait, potentially forever. Plus there is no one who can do what he does, > and he has no logical successor with the necessary combination of skill, > expertise, and bloody-mindedness. > > Feel free to publish this on conlang or elsewhere. > > -- > John Cowan > The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand > on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. > Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, > to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions. > --Thomas Henry Huxley > > >