[Foundation-l] Fwd: Pt-Portuguese Wikipedia

Virgilio A. P. Machado vam at fct.unl.pt
Tue Mar 23 18:30:59 UTC 2010

This is a very interesting suggestion and the recognition that it is 
important to remove tensions is very commendable.

Unfortunately I haven't heard of any plans for Cyrillic to be adopted 
to write Portuguese. Now consider that Latin characters were use by 
200 million people and Cyrillic by 20 million. If you were someone 
who reads and writes in Cyrillic, would you like to use an 
encyclopedia where you might find 10 articles written with Latin 
characters for each one written in Cyrillic? Wouldn't you say there 
might be trend for both Cyrillic readers and writers to abandon that 
encyclopedia? Would you consider that a desirable outcome?

Suppose, furthermore, that the 20 million Cyrillic readers and 
writers can also read and write in Latin characters, but the opposite 
is not true. That is, the 200 million readers and writers who use 
Latin characters have a lot of trouble reading and/or writing in 
Cyrillic. Would you foresee a long life for Cyrillic articles? Would 
you consider that a desirable outcome?

Fortunately we don't have Cyrillic, but you might have started to get 
the picture, because the 200 and 20 million are real numbers.


Virgilio A. P. Machado

At 04:53 23-03-2010, you wrote:
>On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 6:04 PM, Sir Lestaty de Lioncourt
><wikimedia.lestaty at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Yep, if you start a article in one version, this article must be continued
> > in that version, but this is not a problem for the community (in the past
> > yes, now no).
>At sr.wp we use the same rule in relation to writing articles in
>Cyrillic or Latin, Ekavian or Iyekavian, and even for transcription of
>foreign names or not. That rule removed a lot of tensions.
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Prof. Virgilio A. P. Machado            vam at fct.unl.pt
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(Dr. Machado is Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at the
School of Sciences and Engineering/UNL of the University of Portugal)  

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