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Re: a few MULE criticisms

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: a few MULE criticisms
Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 16:09:26 +0900
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>>>>> "Hin-Tak" == Hin-Tak Leung <address@hidden> writes:

    Hin-Tak> The more popular methods tend to be ones in which the
    Hin-Tak> choices are narrowed down quickly and evenly as one more
    Hin-Tak> keystroke is added to the sequence.

An explicit list would help.  Emacs could offer them in order of
popularity, at least to the extent that they are available in free

    Hin-Tak> Yes, to much of my envy ... population-wise, the Chinese
    Hin-Tak> is so much bigger, and yet in the issue of computer
    Hin-Tak> over-all localization the Japanese is so much more
    Hin-Tak> advanced.  The civil war and the political turmoils
    Hin-Tak> within China until the late 80's has done much harm to
    Hin-Tak> the general education and technology advances (in
    Hin-Tak> addition to other social/economical problems).

I'm in no position to judge what might have "held China back."
However, it's no accident that Japan is advanced in localization.
Japan has a strong culture of all users criticizing and improving
their own tools and working environment, each making a few incremental
improvements.  Often it is formalized in industry in the practice of
"quality circles," but it works just as well informally.  It is
perfectly adapted to producing good localization, not to mention being
closely related to the practices of free software.

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