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RE: Blueberry/Unicode/XML

Anything is possible.  I'm told cockroaches 
really like the serifed fonts we've worked 
so hard to get rid of.  They use serifs to 
follow the glyphs because they have very limited 
internal memory and have to build up the strings 
into words.  Each roach memorizes a word because they 
can't manage whitespace codes so normalize even 
the content by default (at white space without 
the serif, they don't have a directional indicator). 
They do require the DOCTYPE because otherwise, 
the roach on the last endtag will walk off the page.
They line up and each roach does a sort of 
MIME dance with the feelers to express the 
word in roach.  The BigRoach watches this 
dance and gets the whole message at once.
It's a touchy-feely system and any semantics 
they can't handle, they ignore.  They are the 
original masters of the tag stack.

The Tau Ceti bunch reads Sanskrit.  It was 
their language to begin with so they still 
have all the character encodings and glyph 
maps.  Not to worry; they are waaay ahead 
of us.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: David Brownell [mailto:david-b@pacbell.net]

I find myself wondering about the cockroach character sets
and its represention in Unicode, as well as the input devices
(and methods) that will work with those tiny little feelers.


Too bad it looks like when SETI succeeds, we'll have to
abandon Unicode ... :)