Mainland China already won the romanization battle. Now the sinograph battle still is going. It is clear that China’s size has its weight when in comes to language policy. I’ve agreed with pinyin since the beginning of. It looks more attractive than Wade-Giles. But the simplification is a whole different ball game.
The sinographs in mainland are simply horrible, a mutilation. But Chinese learners around the world have to cope with them. It seems that there is no scape from it. You can say " so learn both". But It is a real pain in the ass to swalow. Chinese written overseas has been normally in traditional, but now this monstruosity is creeping into the press and television. One channel here, sinovision, types in simplified, and the commericals come mixed, some in traditional and others in "mutilations". I've seen a few publication written in "mutilations", but how much longer will it take before traditiional dissapears from the face of the Earth completely?. What the future of traditional sinographs will be? extinction? Here, " size does matter". China's size just prevents for the mostruosity to " dissapear". Unless the government in Beijing goes back to traditional, mutilations will stay. So it seems like traditional is the one loosing ground.