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Re: if vs. when vs. and: style question

From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: if vs. when vs. and: style question
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:19:42 +0100
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"Gian Uberto Lauri" <> writes:

> Emanuel Berg writes:
>  > Rusi <> writes:
>  > 
>  > > On a different note... For 50 years CS has been
>  > > living in the impoverished world of ASCII.
>  > > This makes people think CS and math are more far
>  > > apart than they essentially/really are.
>  > 
>  > ASCII is sufficient for all computer use that is
>  > indeed computer use.
> If "computer use" means "computer programming", your sentence may be
> true.
> If "computer use" means "using a computer in everyday work", then
> the sentence is "a bit" wrong.
>  > Why do you think mankind abandoned the iconographic
>  > baby-steps of the old Sumerians?
> There is a remarkable number of people that still uses ideograms.

And by the way, they do so more easily, not by typing on a keyboard, but
by drawing the ideogram on a tablet or smartphone screen with a stylus.
(The computer may then recognize the ideogram and normalize it).

The same could be done for mathematic ideograms.

> And the evolution of writing you refer to is bound more to
> writing technology and speed of writing.

Probably.  Western writing was based on hammer and scisor, or clay and
stylus, and later ink and quill, which leads more naturally to discrete
glyphs, while Eastern writing was based on ink and brush, and that led
more naturally to an ideographic script.  (The outcast being the
stranger hieroglyph).

__Pascal Bourguignon__       
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