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Re: [Texmacs-dev] TeXmacs name

From: Álvaro Tejero Cantero
Subject: Re: [Texmacs-dev] TeXmacs name
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 09:23:32 +0100

There were lots of name suggestions in the following discussion, also
please bear in mind the concerns about availability of domain names.



On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 10:18, Norbert Nemec <address@hidden> wrote:
> I am not sure whether the name "TeXmacs" has more advantages or more
> disadvantages. In my own field (theoretical physics) LaTeX is everywhere and
> the excellent LaTeX export is one of the most important features of TeXmacs.
> Having "TeX" in the name therefore is an advantage. On the other hand, it
> always means that you have to explain "It is like TeX and like emacs, but
> actually it is not quite like TeX or like emacs."
> I like the suggestion Quipu.
> The convention on Linux would then demand that Quipu is the Qt variant while
> kipu or khipu could be a KDE-enabled variant... :-)
> Next, we could think about a mascott -- How about a snake that has one or
> more knots in it?
> I have no idea about the PR effect of this whole idea. Guess, this really
> depends on how it is presented.
> Greetings,
> Norbert
> Gubinelli Massimiliano wrote:
>> Dear all,
>>  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;[1] 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.
>> "
>> Best,
>> Massimiliano
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