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Re: if vs. when vs. and: style question


From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: if vs. when vs. and: style question
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:28:26 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

"Pascal J. Bourguignon" <address@hidden> writes:

>> There is one point pro the use of "more than the ASCII set" in a
>> source code.
>>
>> Take the example of a code-grinder-written kind of program, and
>> consider code-grinders that are not native English speakers.
>>
>> Let's assume that our code-grinder is a native Italian (or French,
>> Spanish or German) speaker and he is not used to English. Or the
>> project leader does want symbols (i.e. variable names) being in
>> the mother tongue of the coders.
>>
>> In Italian "amount" translates with "quantità", but more than often
>> the symbol will be something like "quantita" due to the restriction to
>> pure ASCII. No matter what the brain of the coder will feel that
>> "quantita" is wrong, he will get used to it. But I think that is much
>> better to have a symbol written in a language the coder is able to use
>> for thinking.
>>
>> Just my 2 cents.
>
> This 2-cents is what leads to Chinese ideograms.
>
> Not really a progress.

And also, you can already do it, using those same Chinese ideograms.

  数量 = amount = quantità


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