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Re: Non-linear / full-2d writing systems?

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Thursday, May 19, 2005, 5:58
On Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at 04:43 , Joseph a.k.a Buck wrote:

>> You may have a deadline - but, alas, an impossible project >> won't even make Sai's suggested end of September deadline. >> :=( > > I suggest not surrendering to the assertions of others,
I haven't - I was not being entirely serious. So far I haven't seen any reason to think a non-linear fully 2D writing system is impossible. But it might take a life-time or two to get right. On a practical level, I would not at the moment predict when I will come up with any workable prototype( s).
> but using them only > as additional hypothetical data. The merit in pursing a non-linear > language > might come from as much from failures as successes - or degrees of > success.
Very true.
> Moreover, don't let armchair "science" (a.k.a hypotheses) displace actual > attempts & tests.
Indeed not - after all, what is the point of there being an hypothesis if it is not to be tested? [snip] [Sai]
>> For that matter, it might serve as a test of competing >> theories of thought. If a system accurately mirrors the >> theory, then the one that is more accurate should also be the >> one with higher comprehension, retention, >> quick-comprehension, etc. rates, and be more robust against a >> game of Telephone. > > This I can get behind, which it is why I'm eager to see the results of the > "competition".
I am eager to see the results of the competition, even if I have nothing worthwhile to contribute. It is obvious that there are different ideas about the way to handle 2d writing; it will be interesting to see different approaches.
> I had hoped to make my own contribution, but alas I've not > yet found a free CAD that will allow me to create, rotate and morph my own > "ideograms".
Oh - if that's your only problem, you are fortunate - I hope you do find a free CAD that will allow you to do these things. Ray =============================================== =============================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760


Joseph Bridwell <zhosh@...>