[Python-3000] Support for PEP 3131

Josiah Carlson jcarlson at uci.edu
Mon May 14 22:03:10 CEST 2007


"Jason Orendorff" <jason.orendorff at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 5/14/07, Josiah Carlson <jcarlson at uci.edu> wrote:
> > Have you been able to find substantial Java source in which non-ascii
> > identifiers were used?  I have been curious about its prevalence, but
> > wouldn't even know how to start searching for such code.
> 
> No, I haven't.
> 
> The most substantial use cases (if any) would have to be
> in closed source code, which is hard to find.
[snip]
> They did tend to use non-English characters freely in
> comments and (about half the time) in string literals.
> The Japanese tutorials had no comments at all in the
> code.

Your findings seem to suggest (but not prove either way) that having
unicode strings and comments (that Python already supports) may be
sufficient for a majority of use-cases (assuming that people document
and comment their code ;).  It would be nice to be able to find more
examples in Java.

I guess the question is whether the potential for community
fragmentation is worth trying to handle a (seemingly much) smaller set
of use-cases than is (already arguably sufficiently) handled with ascii
identifiers.


 - Josiah



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