Language Maps [was RE: [uf-discuss] Microformats vs XML]

Kevin Marks kmarks at
Tue May 2 01:18:00 PDT 2006

On May 1, 2006, at 5:59 PM, Tantek Çelik wrote:
> The problem with AppleScript is that it is actually not that
> readable/writable (even in English *by* native English readers).
> AppleScript has a superficial resemblance/reuse of English terms which 
> makes
> it look a lot easier than it actually is (AppleScript is *very* picky 
> about
> specific language constructs).

I find Applescript to be a read-only language, much as regex is a 
write-only one.

>   This is in stark contrast with the language
> which inspired it, HyperTalk, which is quite easy to both read and 
> write,
> and as with natural langauges, provides multiple ways of saying the 
> same
> thing and having it just work.  I don't know if HyperTalk was ever
> localized.

I don't think so, though one of my early projects wiht it circa '89 
involved extensive use of others routines in french and italian with 
corresponding variable names.

> microformats-discuss (as Ryan so well demonstrated this being a 
> problem far
> outside the realm of microformats) and thus I suggest that we drop this
> thread "Language Maps" and add it to the list of "bad topics" on the
> mailing-lists page.

One minor thought before we go - I can envisage a javascript that used 
the abbr date-pattern to replace dates with user-local ones in the 
content, while retaining the machine-friendly ones in the abbr.

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