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From: Eric Bohlman
Subject: Re: How does a computer keyboard generate ASCII code or signals?
Date: 20 Sep 2002 07:53:18 GMT
Organization: OMS Development
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Robert Baer wrote in
> Eric Bohlman wrote:
>> In fact, if the characters he's interested in have been assigned
>> HTML/SGML entity names, the easiest thing would probably be a program
>> that simply translates any typed sequence consisting of '&' followed
>> by an identifier followed by ';' into the appropriate character code.
>> e.g. "à" would give a lower-case a with a grave accent.
> How utterly *wasteful* of ASCII and storage space; far worse that
> Unicode mentioned.
How so? I'm certainly not suggesting that such codes be *stored* in
documents or memory, just used for typing. For a good typist, that may
well be faster than a very large keyboard. While direct selection is
generally considered a more efficient input method than encoding, it breaks
down when the number of things to select from gets too large.
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