[Openmcl-devel] A plug for UTF-8
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
Daniel Weinreb wrote:
> 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.
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