Subject: Re: Xah's Edu Corner: Under the spell of Leibniz's dream
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 00:25:26 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.perl.misc,comp.lang.python,comp.lang.lisp,,comp.lang.functional
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Twisted  <> wrote:
| > "Under the spell of Leibniz's dream" (2000) By Edsger W
| >  Dijkstra
| A link to a copy in a non-toxic format would be nice.

Well, the fact of the matter is that the bulk of Dijkstra's
"EWD" papers were written *long* before the web existed, typed
on a favorite manual typewriter which he continued using for the
remainder of his professional life. <>
has more details on the more than one thousand "EWD"s he wrote.
Until very recently, the *only* source for these documents was
either in hardback technical books (for the few that were published)
or in the PDF bitmaps of scans of the original manually-typed pages,
which the University of Texas at Austin has generously made [and
even after Dijkstra's death continues to make] available on-line.

However, a *few* but "growing number of the PDF bitmap documents
have been transcribed to make them searchable and accessible to
visitors who are visually impaired." If you would care to volunteer
[as over sixty others have done] to contribute to the transcriptions,
see <>.

Otherwise, just count your blessings that these gems are available
at all...


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