Steven D'Aprano writes:
I see that Perl is leading the way here, supporting a large number of Unicode symbols:
In what sense is that "support"? What I see on that page is a lot of advice for the kind of people who are already using non-ASCII in Python, as I have been doing since 2001 or so.
I must say that it is kinda cute that Perl6 does the right thing for x².
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.