Problems of Symbol Congestion in Computer Languages

Paul Rubin at nospam.invalid
Fri Feb 18 21:24:43 EST 2011

Westley Martínez <anikom15 at> writes:
> When I read Python code, I only
> see text from Latin-1, which is easy to input and every *decent* font
> supports it. When I read C code, I only see text from Latin-1. When I
> read code from just about everything else that's plain text, I only see
> text from Latin-1. Even Latex, which is designed for typesetting
> mathematical formulas, only allows ASCII in its input. Languages that
> accept non-ASCII input have always been somewhat esoteric.

Maybe we'll see more of them as time goes by.  C, Python, and Latex all
predate Unicode by a number of years.  If Latex were written today it
would probably accept Unicode for math symbols, accented and non-Latin
characters, etc.

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