Unicode [was Re: Cult-like behaviour]

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Mon Jul 16 10:35:34 EDT 2018


On Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:17:35 +0000, Dan Sommers wrote:

> On Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:39:49 +0000, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> 
>> ... people who think that if ISO-8859-7 was good enough for Jesus ...
> 
> It may have been good enough for his disciples, but Jesus spoke Aramaic.

The buzzing noise you just heard was the joke whizzing past your head 
*wink*

It was a riff on the apocryphal American (occasionally other nationality) 
who said that if English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it is good 
enough for everyone:

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003084.html

with the twist that in my example, I picked *another* language rather 
than English. I shouldn't have picked Greek, an unfortunate choice that 
may have lead you to imagine I was serious. Perhaps ISO-8859-5 (Cyrillic) 
or Shift_JIS would have been funnier :-(

And of course there is the absurdity of any ISO standards existing two 
thousand years ago.


-- 
Steven D'Aprano
"Ever since I learned about confirmation bias, I've been seeing
it everywhere." -- Jon Ronson



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