Cult-like behaviour [was Re: Kindness]

Rhodri James rhodri at
Tue Jul 17 08:41:07 EDT 2018

On 17/07/18 02:52, Python wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 08:56:11PM +0100, Rhodri James wrote:
>> The problem everyone is having with you, Marko, is that you are
>> using the terminology incorrectly. [...] When you call UTF-32 a
>> variable-width encoding, you are incorrect.
> But please don't overlook that the "terminology" is in fact rather
> specialized jargon, far less common than even most computer jargon.
> Unless you're uncommonly familiar with the subject matter, you simply
> don't have this vocabulary.  Under the circumstances it seems not
> horribly unreasonable to expect such a person to consider the bytes
> required to represent a glyph as an encoding's width, and you as
> "experts" rightly should expect, let's call them lay people, to make
> this mistake and adjust for it, or politely correct it, without the
> condescension.

If we were talking about lay people, I would unhesitatingly agree with 
you.  However Marko *does* claim expertise in this area, but then uses 
what I hope has been demonstrated to be quite careful and deliberate 
terminology in a manner most politely described as "careless".  This 
is... not helpful.

Rhodri James *-* Kynesim Ltd

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