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david nicol
December 1, 2003 15:51
Re: Poor State of the Man Pages
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On Thu, 2003-11-27 at 13:21, Tom Christiansen wrote:
> [...]
> In summary, because to translate is to paraphrase, and because the tr/// 
> operator does no such thing, transliterate is the correct term to describe 
> its operation of mere character-set (that is, alphabet) transcription.  
> Or did you want it to be "transcription"? :-)
> --tom

but tr(1) does neither translation or transliteration in the linguistic
sense. It creates a "translation table" and looks up characters in it
and creates a new string by mapping each character in the input to the
character listed in the table under the input character.

This operation was termed "translation" by some whimsical software 
engineer deep in the mists of long-ago, due to the functional similarity
between the operation of tr(1) and the activity of translating language 
by looking up words in a bilinugal dictionary.

david nicol "I'll be working, working; but if you come visit I'll
put down what I'm doing: my friends are important" -- David Byrne

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