[Openmcl-devel] A plug for UTF-8

Ron Garret ron at flownet.com
Tue Sep 1 22:58:15 UTC 2009


I would like to take a moment to lobby on behalf of UTF-8.  This is  
not a huge big deal because it's easy enough to convert from one  
encoding to another once you know how, but I think it would be a nice  
selling point for CCL is things tended to Just Work, and one way to  
make them Just Work is to have an encoding convention that is  
universally followed so that newcomers can set it and forget it.  The  
reason I think UTF-8 is a better choice than, say, Latin-1 is that  
UTF-8 gives you access to the entire unicode code space, and in  
particular the lower-case Greek lambda character (λ) and European- 
style «quotation marks» which are self-balancing and hence let you  
build nested strings without the need for backslash escapes.

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now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

rg




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