On Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull email@example.com wrote:
Uh, as far as I can tell from that page, Perl has absolutely nothing to do with that. You enter the Unicode code point as hex, and if the font supports, you get the character. What Paul is arguing is that entering any character, non-ASCII or ASCII, as a hex code point or as an Alt+digits sequence, is a non-starter for our audience. Much as I'd like to disagree, I can't.
Back when I used a single codepage (IBM OEM, now called 437) and 256 characters, it wasn't unreasonable to memorize the alt-codes for most of those characters. I could do all the single-line and double-line characters from memory (might take me a couple of tries to get the right corner), and if I needed to mix line types, I could just look those up. But with all of Unicode? Totally impractical. You can't expect people to use the hex codes.