Using non-ascii symbols

Ivan Voras ivoras at __yahoo__.com_
Fri Jan 27 21:36:55 CET 2006


Robert Kern wrote:

> On OS X,
> 
> ≤ is Alt-,
> ≥ is Alt-.
> ≠ is Alt-=

Thumbs up on the unicode idea, but national keyboards (i.e. non-english) 
have already used almost every possible 
not-strictly-defined-in-EN-keyboards combination of keys for their own 
characters. In particular, the key combinations above are reprogrammed 
to something else in my language/keyboard.

But, the idea that Python could be made ready for when the keyboards and 
editors start supporting such characters is a good one (i.e. keep both 
<= and ≤ for several decades).

It's not a far-out idea. I stumbled about a year ago on a programming 
language that INSISTED on unicode characters like ≤ as well as the rest 
of mathematical/logical symbols; I don't remember its name but the 
source code with characters like that looked absolutely beautiful. I 
suppose that one day, when unicode becomes more used than ascii7, "old" 
code like current C and python will be considered ugly and unelegant in 
appearance :)



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