Cult-like behaviour [was Re: Kindness]

Jim Lee jlee54 at
Sun Jul 15 16:09:59 EDT 2018

On 07/15/18 12:37, MRAB wrote:
> To me, Unicode and UTF-8 aren't things to be reserved for I18N. I use 
> them as a matter of course because I find it a lot easier to stick 
> with just one encoding, one that will work with _any_ text I have.

Which is exactly the same rationale for using any other single encoding 
(including ASCII).  If the text you deal with is not multi-lingual, why 
complicate matters by trying to support a plethora of encodings which 
will never be used (and the attendant opportunity for more bugs)?

Note that I'm *not* saying Unicode  is *bad*, just that it's an 
unnecessary complication for a great deal of programming tasks.  For a 
great deal more, it's absolutely necessary.  That why I said a "smart" 
language would make it easy to turn on and off.


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