[Openmcl-devel] A plug for UTF-8

Daniel Weinreb dlw at itasoftware.com
Thu Sep 10 16:11:09 UTC 2009


Sorry, let me be more specific.  CCL already supports
Unicode through and through, doesn't it?

Are you arguing for Unicode support, or for using
UTF-8 as the internal representation in the CCL
implementation, or something else?  Sorry, I'm
not trying to be sarcastic or anything; I just
don't understand.

Thanks.

-- Dan

Daniel Weinreb wrote:
> Ron,
>
> I'm not sure I understand what you are advocating.
> What change would you like to see in CCL?
>
> -- Dan
>
> Ron Garret wrote:
>   
>> 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.
>>
>> Thank you for your indulgence during this commercial break.  You may  
>> now return to your regularly scheduled programming.
>>
>> rg
>>
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