On Apr 13, 3:00 pm, Michael Granger <g... / FaerieMUD.org> wrote:
> On Feb 6, 2008, at 3:10 PM, Trans wrote:
>
> > English is a spin-off of Facets, collecting together all the English
> > language libraries together under a single unified project. The
> > English project intends to provided a general purpose set of English-
> > oriented text manipulation and natural language processing Ruby
> > libraries in one convenient package.
>
> Just out of curiosity, did you know about the Linguistics library
> before you released this? "English" has some stuff the 'en' module of
> Linguistics doesn't have (and vice-versa), but I'd have happily added
> new functions to it if you had suggested it.
>
> If you did know about it beforehand, was there something about it you
> found objectionable? Just professional curiosity. I'd like to make
> Linguistics usable for people other than myself, and if you felt
> compelled to write something else to avoid having to use it, I'd take
> that as a sign that it needs changing.

I had done a little searching and knew about Lingustics. My main usage
was #plural and #singular, and I already had code that used these. So
I didn't want to have to go back and add ".en" in all those cases. Of
course, I now know one can use the :proxy option to get around this,
but at the the time I did not know that. But beyond that, I suppose it
just a matter of design "levels", if you will. Lingustics is a much
bigger idea, not just for English but also ultimately having in mind
support for other languages. I think that's great, but my feeling was
I just wanted something simpler, focused on English and some commonly
useful language processing.

But I wouldn't mind talking to you more off list and see what we might
be able to do mutaully.

T.