On Wed, 10 Aug 2005 23:20:25 -0400, Peter T. Daniels
<grammatim@...> wrote:

> Kids learning to type instead of write would be even more disastrous in
> Chinese than in English.

Reminds me of a comment about Japanese businesses, perhaps still true --
that people who were able to write attractively and well were/are valued
by business, probably in particular for communications outside the
company. I have little doubt that the significant technical development of
facsimile ("fax") was driven by the desire to transmit (good-looking)
handwritten documents.

Nicholas Bodley /*|*\ Waltham, Mass. (Not "MA")
The curious hermit -- autodidact and polymath
Hope for these times: Paul Rogat Loeb's book --
"The Impossible Will Take a Little While:..."