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


From: Óscar Fuentes
Subject: Re: if vs. when vs. and: style question
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:05:54 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Rusi <address@hidden> writes:

[snip]

> And even Elisp!
>
> *** Welcome to IELM ***  Type (describe-mode) for help.
> ELISP> (setq α 1 β 2 γ 3)
> 3 (#o3, #x3, ?\C-c)
> ELISP> (list α β γ)
> (1 2 3)

Some months ago I experimented with using Unicode on my coding. I was
very excited about it. At the end, the experience showed without a doubt
that it is a bad idea. One of the reasons is very familiar to us: a
funtamental feature of a programmer's font is how clearly it
distinguishes 1 from l, 0 from O. Using Unicode makes this problem
explode.

> ELISP> 
>
> How much costly was that α to type than alpha?? One backslash!!
>
> Add to that the fact that programs are read
> - 10 times more than written during development
> - 100 times more during maintenance

Precisely, my experience is that Unicode makes things much harder to
read, and not ony because the problem mentioned above.




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