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Re: RFE: Please allow unicode ID chars in identifiers

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: RFE: Please allow unicode ID chars in identifiers
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:18:24 -0400
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On 6/2/17 1:16 AM, L A Walsh wrote:
> dualbus wrote:
>> - People then have to test the new implementation, to ensure that there
>>   are no regressions, and no new bugs introduced. I'm happy to volunteer
>>   once there's a working implementation.
>> - There are some questions that must be answered first:
>>   * How do you how to decode multibyte character sequences into Unicode?
>>     Should UTF-8 be assumed?
> You realize bash already allows UTF-8 input?

Sure. The difference is that it depends on the current locale.

>> What prevents you from using?
>>   phi='...'
> ---
> Again, you are changing the requirement. 

He's not actually changing the requirement here.

> I don't suppose we wanted something more expressive or symbolic?

That's the essential question: is the cost of such a change worth the
improvement in the expressive power of the language? Will enough people
take advantange of the new feature to justify the implementation and
support effort?

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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