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Re: [BKARTS] Printing for eternity



Hi Camille,

As Anglo-centric as it may sound, English is likely to be better
understood 10,000 years from now than Sanskrit or Latin.  My reason for
thinking this is that English has enjoyed the honor of being a universal
language at the time when modern printing and digital media have
generated huge volumes of stored information which is likely to preserve
the knowledge of English indefinitely, barring a catastrophic collapse
of human civilization and a thorough obliteration of its remains.

T. A. Brown
Franconia, New Hampshire  USA



J. Camille Nischal wrote:

How about using a language such as Sanskrit or Latin?

- Camille Nischal



From: Kate Gladstone <kate@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: Book_Arts-L <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Printing for eternity
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 08:55:21 -0400

Re Jack's interesting suggestion for writing a book meant for
generations yet unborn (who may not speak English or any other language
existing today:



Make a book of clay tablets where the text
(and illustrations?) consists of binary dots-dashes.


/1/ Why make illustrations out of dots/dashes?

/2/ What would make a dot-dash text comprehensible? If they can't read
English, why would they know how to read English (or whatever)
represented in Morse Code?

Those taking an interest in writing books (or other means of
storing/transmitting information) intended to last into the far, far
future will probably enjoy the web-site of the Long Now Foundation - in
particular, its Millennium Library project:

http://www.longnow.org





Yours for better letters,
Kate Gladstone - Handwriting Repair
kate@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
http://www.global2000.net/handwritingrepair
325 South Manning Boulevard
Albany, New York 12208-1731 USA
telephone 518/482-6763
      AND REMEMBER ...
you can order books through my site!
(Amazon.com link -
I get a 5% - 15% commission on each book sold)

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