U.S. National Weather Service upgrades to ASCII

Philippe Verdy verdy_p at wanadoo.fr
Tue Apr 12 13:47:26 CDT 2016

Wow! They name that technology "Advanced Weather Interactive Processing

Is plain ASCII "advanced"? Probably when compared to 5-bit or 6-bit Baudot.

Is it "interactive" ? when it does not understand the languages that people
actually use locally assuming they only use Basic English. Today,
"interactive" means ready for the web and its standards (UTF-8 by default,
not 7-bit ASCII).

I hope that these labels could simply zapped and replaced by structured
data whose localisation may be more easily converted to plain text in
natural langages or using icons and graphics and also more easily

And they would use better design for accessibility in general.
Le 12 avr. 2016 20:33, "Doug Ewell" <doug at ewellic.org> a écrit :


Don't worry; you've got until May 11 to upgrade your ITA2-compliant
equipment to support this new technological breakthrough.

Doug Ewell | http://ewellic.org | Thornton, CO ����
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