Time we switched to unicode? (was Explanation of this Python language feature?)

Mark H Harris harrismh777 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 25 04:59:57 CET 2014


On 3/24/14 10:51 PM, Chris Angelico wrote:
> Supporting both may look tempting, but you effectively create two ways
> of spelling the exact same thing; it'd be like C's trigraphs. Do you
> know what ??= is,

This was a fit for me, back in the day IBM (system36 & system38). When 
we started supporting the C compiler (ha!) and non of our 5250 terminals 
could provide the C punctuation we take for granted today--- so we 
invented tri-graphs for { and } and others. It was a hoot.

I personally think the answer is extended key maps triggered by meta 
keys shift ctrl opt alt command |  which call up full alternate mappings 
of Greek|Latin|Math|symbols &c which can be chosen by mouse|pointing 
device.


The mac calls these keyboard viewer, and character viewer. In that way 
the full unicode set can be available from a standard qwerty keyboard 
without modifying the hardware right away.

marcus



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