[r6rs-discuss] r6rs-discuss Digest, Vol 9, Issue 1
cowan at ccil.org
Fri May 11 12:16:46 EDT 2007
Paul Schlie scripsit:
> I don't believe [...] that scheme programs should be allowed to be
> formulated from anything other than the ASCII character alphabet
> as this restriction helps keep the core language implementation
> simple and encourages the development of more uniformly legible
> source code, as opposed to programs utilizing arbitrary alphabets).
Uniformly legible to whom? If Scheme programs are limited to ASCII,
they are also implicitly limited to those who read and write American
English. I am told that one of the early attractions of Java in Japan
was the ability to write programs with identifiers that were meaningful
in Japanese, thus liberating Japanese programmers from the burden of
deciphering either English or their own language in transliteration.
ASCII is just another arbitrary limitation, and one it's time to let
John Cowan cowan at ccil.org http://ccil.org/~cowan
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