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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: Sat, 03 Jun 2017 18:51:52 -0700
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John McKown wrote:
On Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 4:48 PM, L A Walsh <address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:

        Greg Wooledge wrote:

            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

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

       Still curious - - -> me.  :-)

​OK, I did a port of BASH to an IBM "mainframe" system (IBM z) which uses EBCDIC as it's character set, rather than ASCII or UNICODE. Granted, this system is a very minor player to most people. OTOH, most "Fortune 500" companies will have one or more "hidden away" doing some "legacy" work and, now, perhaps even some mobile (smartphone, tablet) back end work. There is another mid-range IBM system which also uses EBCDIC, but I don't know if it has a BASH port or not.​
I know that perl which supports an ebcdic flavored machines, has full
UTF-8 support now -- they were one of the first -- about 10 years ago,
but no one uses ebcdic outside of ibm machines -- and those are not
consumer or home level machines.

I'm surprised you got bash ported to work with that charset though,
and certainly I can't imagine you using an ebcdic machine as a home
machine....are you?

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