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Re: Editor Priorities

On Thu, May 09, 2002 at 01:01:06PM +0200, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> Previously Branden Robinson wrote:
> > Debian's mission is to support its users.  I humbly suggest that while
> > the summation of CJK, bidi, and Indic peoples may be more than 1/2 of
> > the world's population, it's not even close to representing 1/2 of
> > Debian's user population.
> Argueably this is a chicken-and-egg thing.

Agreed, and that's why we (Debian) need to be careful not to make life
harder for the potential Debian-user CJKV/bidi/Indic community "just for
the hell of it".  But I don't think that's what's being proposed here.

Ironically, it appears that Vim and Emacs are much farther along at
addressing the i18n concerns that Kubota-san is raising, and yet these
editors have steep learning curves, and the alternatives proposal seems
to favor "small/simple/easy" editors that just happen to not give a damn
about i18n (because "small" is good, and i18n is "code bloat"! [not my
personal opinion]).  So it is a very uncomfortable tradeoff we're being
asked to make.

Rather than make such a choice, I'm in favor of tabling the discussion.

G. Branden Robinson                |          Measure with micrometer,
Debian GNU/Linux                   |          mark with chalk,
branden@debian.org                 |          cut with axe,
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |          hope like hell.

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