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

Rustom Mody rustompmody at gmail.com
Tue Mar 25 06:00:23 CET 2014


On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:59:48 AM UTC+5:30, Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 3:08 PM, Rustom Mody  wrote:
> > And Chris is right in (rephrasing) we may have unicode-happy OSes and
> > languages. We cant reasonably have unicode-happy keyboards.
> > [What would a million-key keyboard look like? Lets leave the cost aside...]

> Actually, it wouldn't be that bad. Unicode allows for only 1114112
> characters (thanks to UTF-16), of which only the first three planes
> have any actual characters on them (so, a maximum of about 200K
> characters). All you'd need would be a system that organizes them
> (using their hex codepoints isn't exactly useful), and you could type
> any character with a maximum of, say, 6-8 keystrokes; Huffman coded,
> of course, so the average would be 1.5 keystrokes per character
> actually used. Add one meta key: Charset. Hold that and press L and
> you get (say) λ, U+03BB; Charset+Shift+L is Λ, U+039B. Ctrl+Charset+L
> might give you a Cyrillic л (U+043B), and Ctrl+Charset+Shift+L would
> then be Л (U+041B), the upper-case version of that.

> Emacs users would love it.

Its already there -- and even easier
Switch to cyrillic-jis-russian (whatever that is!)
and I get л from k Л from K

Full layout

     +----------------------------------------------------------------+
      |1 !|2 @|3 #|4 ” |5 :|6 ,|7 .|8 *|9 (|0 )| − _|= +| ё Ё |
     +----------------------------------------------------------------+
        | й Й | ц Ц | у У | к К | е Е | н Н | г Г | ш Ш | щ Щ | з З | х Х | ъ Ъ |
       +------------------------------------------------------------+
         | ф Ф | ы Ы | в В | а А | п П | р Р | о О | л Л | д Д | ж Ж | э Э |\ ||
        +-----------------------------------------------------------+
           | я Я | ч Ч | с С | м М | и И | т Т | ь Ь | б Б | ю Ю |/ ?|
          +-------------------------------------------------+
		    +-----------------------------+
		    |          space bar          |
		    +-----------------------------+


The catch is in the claim to huffman coding
Huffman coding requires a statistical distribution
Whose shall we take

And now the discussion is political not technical



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