|Subject:||[Texmacs-dev] TeXmacs name|
|Date:||Wed, 9 Dec 2009 00:44:06 +0100|
I would like to revive once more the debate on the name for the
TeXmacs program. There are many reasons for believing that the current
name does not serve very well the popularity of the program. I've just
come across to another possibility (among many other already proposed
and lost somewhere in the internet): Quipu (or kipu, or khipu) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quipu
). Apparently this is the ancient way Maya had to keep various kind
of informations and seems to mean "knot" so there is some link with
mathematics and with structured information. The images of Quipus make
me think to trees (of TeXmacs tags).
Here en excerpt of the wikipedia page (nice and worth reading)
Most of the information recorded on the quipus consists of numbers in
a decimal system; see The encoding system below.
Some of the knots, as well as other features such as color, are
thought to represent non-numeric information, which has not been
deciphered. It is generally thought that the system did not include
phonetic symbols analogous to letters of the alphabet. However Gary
Urton has suggested that the quipus used a binary system which could
record phonological or logographicdata.
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