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- From: John Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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- Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 15:48:55 -0500 (EST)
> Oh, to swipe a bone from the SML threads, here's another thing to
> toss in. I have a hard time visualizing radical internationalization
> on a tiny screen. Anglo-centric characters, I get. Asian scripts
> and Cyrillic...well, those seem a bit out of range.
I don't know what Cyrillic is doing here: whatever can represent Latin
can represent Cyrillic (except a nixie tube, I suppose!).
> Again, am I
> missing something? Call me strange, but I just don't see the pixel
> density on current palm/cell screens being big enough to display
> a reasonable amount of Kanji data.
Traditionally, Han characters are displayed at double the width
of alphabetic ones, in limited-resolution environments. Considering
that in Chinese the ratio between romanized and Han forms of text
is 3.5:1 or so, and in Japanese it may be as much as 8:1 in particular
cases, this seems a very reasonable tradeoff.
John Cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
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