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Re: RFE: Please allow unicode ID chars in identifiers

From: L A Walsh
Subject: Re: RFE: Please allow unicode ID chars in identifiers
Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:23:58 -0700
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Greg Wooledge wrote:
On Thu, Jun 01, 2017 at 09:31:24PM -0700, L A Walsh wrote:
Variable names like:

L??v -- (3 letter word pronounced like Leave), (most recent try...)

Here is a demonstration of the cost of what you are proposing.  In my
mail user agent, your variable shows up as L??v.

Source code with your UTF-8 identifiers would no longer even be READABLE
on systems that do not use UTF-8.  Like the system I am using RIGHT NOW,
which uses Latin-1.  But also like Windows systems using WIN1252, Asian
systems using Big5, etc.

Maybe you can try again after 2038, which will probably take out most
of these old systems.  Perhaps then the world will actually be capable
of moving beyond ASCII as a UNIVERSAL encoding.  Today, we're not.

That's ok... I want to "encrypt" and/or obfuscate my code... ;-)

Seriously, if it was representable in your latin-1, you could
run iconv over it.

That particular example should translate to latin-1 w/no problem.

As for unsupported systems, there is a reason they are no longer
supported.  The world is already using UTF-8.  It's only a few
luddites clinging to ascii as a last refuge. ;-)

What display/OS do you have that you can't run UTF-8 on?

linux systems and windows systems have had UTF-8 for at least the
last 7 years or more.

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