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Re: [xml-dev] Transformation of RelaxNG syntax into presentationof required markup

Jirka Kosek wrote:
> I think English is so dominant language in IT that each developer should
> have at least basic knowledge of English necessary to wrote
> identifiers/comments in English. User documentation can be written by
> someone else who has better English skills or translated from native
> language to English/other languages. But of course this is my opinion
> based on fact that my native language uses same script as English. It is
> probably much more difficult to learn English if you have to learn new
> script first.
But certainly in China you simply cannot guarantee fluency.

And, with no disrespect intended, the further away the language is from 
English, the more difficult it is.

So I can accept, for example, saying that people from Hindu-European 
language background can be expected to learn English. But I suspect that 
when you go beyond that, to languages with very different rules, it can 
add a real burden.  Remembering also that writing and reading are 
different skills in CJK (rather than the same skill as it is for 
alphabetic scripts), and that people from respect-based cultures or 
shame-based educational systems. 

Rick Jelliffe

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