Re: PC Week, 1994-09-26

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Dear Jesse Berst:

It seems obvious that it would be convenient and (dare I say?)

rational to adopt some universal operating system or exchange

medium. It is unlikely to happen soon because market pressures

always force competition and negate standardization. Much money

and time will continue to be wasted by creating local translation

packages and crunching data from one machine language to another.

Similarly the United Nations and other international political

organizations waste on average one third of their administrative

budgets on translation, because of the nationalistic pressures which

prevent adoption of any one national language in official

international contexts. The neutral language Esperanto could help

solve this communication problem, if people were but rational enough

to get beyond tribal hubris.

MIDI standards were planned and universally adopted. The

electric music industry functions quite well free from the cacaphony

of myriad pseudo-standards sucking translation time and money. In

fact the rapid agreement on MIDI standards has encouraged

musicians to invest freely, for they knew early on that there would be

no compatability problems between different machines and software


If we can be efficient and rational in one context, we can also do

so elsewhere. I do not know whether "Acrobat" is a worthy candidate

for universal exchange medium, but my experience with Esperanto

has convinced me that this neutral, logical, international language is

already functioning well in its Beta-testing (with over a million

satisfied users), and is ready to be shipped! Anyone interested in

learning more about Esperanto should contact their local Esperanto

organization, which in the U.S.A. is at (800) 828-5844.

Michael SLOPER

Office Director, Esperanto League for North America

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