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Full Unicode repertoire in programming languages? October 29, 2010

Posted by globalizer in Programming languages, Programming practices, Unicode.

Would we be better off if we used a programming language that allowed “the entire gamut of Greek letters, mathematical and technical symbols, brackets, brockets, sprockets, and weird and wonderful glyphs such as “Dentistry symbol light down and horizontal with wave” (0x23c7).” ?

I am usually as gung-ho about Unicode as you can get, but I have to admit I’m a little wary about this. Mind you, it would presumably spur the adoption of UTF-8 as the default encoding in development environments on all platforms, something that’s long overdue. How can MacRoman still be the default encoding for text files in Eclipse on Macs??

Via Computerworld.



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