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Re: Re:^3: is XML too hard? esperanto

by zby (Vicar)
on Mar 18, 2003 at 09:57 UTC ( #243924=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re:^3: is XML too hard? esperanto
in thread is XML too hard?

How can you create an artificial language not basing it on existing languages? You mean you would like something entirely new? Look how Perl is build - you have a bit of shell, a bit of C, a bit of awk and many other languages.

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Something about languages ;-)
by janx (Monk) on Mar 18, 2003 at 20:52 UTC
    That's all to well. Of course does artifcial mean to take something existing (conciously or unconciously).

    But, IMHO there's more to a succesfull language/system than the sum of the parts.
    Almost every language has its strong points which others lack. What I mean is that you don't necessarily get a better language by combining the strong points.

    One major success factor is the evolution of a language. It has to adapt to its users - and Esperanto IMHO doesn't do that.
    I'm comfortable using English as the lingua franca in the technical world. I most often prefer it to my mother tongue German for clarity and simplicity.
    However I'm also aware that English has its roots (at least partly) in old germannic languages (Disclaimer: I'm no expert here - Input appreciated.) and thus is also based on other languages.

    Well, from this point on I would repeat myself, as I just became aware of, but you get my point ;-)


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