[Foundation-l] Frustration with the conversion engines issue

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Thu Apr 2 07:49:03 UTC 2009

Aryeh Gregor wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:32 AM, Ziko van Dijk <zvandijk at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> I am sceptical about automatic conversion. As you said, it is mainly a
>> solution for reading, but not for writing, because the source text is in one
>> specific spelling or character system.
> Why couldn't that be converted on the fly as well?  Choose one variant
> as the canonical one, and store only that in the database.  Anyone
> wanting to use other formats would have the text in the edit box
> automatically converted to their preferred variant on the fly, and
> converted back when they saved.

When you declare one version canonical the risk is that you will have 
supporters of the losing version(s) becoming irrationally angry.


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