Using non-ascii symbols

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Tue Jan 24 17:03:15 CET 2006

Ido Yehieli wrote:
>>>Is this idea absurd or will one day our children think
>>>that restricting to 7-bit ascii was absurd?
> Both... this idea will only become none-absurd when unicode will become
> as prevalent as ascii, i.e. unicode keyboards, universal support under
> almost every application, and so on. Even if you can easly type it on
> your macintosh, good luck using it while using said macintosh to ssh or
> telnet to a remote server and trying to type unicode...

[~]$ ssh rkern at
rkern at's password:
Linux rkernx2 2.6.12-9-amd64-generic #1 Mon Oct 10 13:27:39 BST 2005 x86_64

The programs included with the Ubuntu system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Ubuntu comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by
applicable law.
Last login: Mon Jan  9 12:40:28 2006 from
[~]$ cat > utf-8.txt
x + y ≥ z
[~]$ cat utf-8.txt
x + y ≥ z

Luck isn't involved.

Robert Kern
robert.kern at

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 Are the graves of dreams allowed to die."
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