[Openmcl-devel] how many angels can dance on a unicode character?
hamlink at comcast.net
Sat Apr 21 15:14:44 EDT 2007
On Apr 21, 2007, at 3:40 AM, Gary Byers wrote:
> ... OpenMCL ("best thing since a clay tablet!") ...
This is a good example of why I read openmcl-devel so religiously.
But the argument about really, really, REALLY wanting to keep
destructive string operations simple and fast is a good one. Without
just saying surrogate code points are "characters" and allowing strings
of first-halves-of-cuneform-characters and other such nonsense I guess
UTF32 is moderately more sane (I assume this is the unpleasantness Gary
didn't want to consider... I don't know what CLTL2 says about "what it
means to be a character" or what UTF says about "what it means to be a
character" so this unpleasantness may be in violation of multiple
formal definitions). Oh, and where can I get a Cuneiform font for Mac
OS X, anyone know? Because this eMac sure beats the heck out of a clay
On a side note (in regards to people using odd non-UCS2 characters), C#
is called "C#" rather than "C<unicode musical sharp whatever that is>"
even though .net uses UTF16 (and deals almost exclusively with
immutable strings, by the way), on the grounds that for most people #
is easier to type than the unicode musical sharp.
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