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Re: [PATCH] fix new format when printing multiple lines

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fix new format when printing multiple lines
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:30:16 +0000

On 23 December 2013 22:24, Karl Berry <address@hidden> wrote:

> Personally, I feel this new functionality goes beyond the intended
> purpose of hello.  It is not supposed to be a primer in programming.
> It is supposed to be an example of using basic GNU infrastructure.
> The simpler the code, the better.

Note that the original purpose of the change was to do something encouraged
in GNU documentation, namely to lift an arbitrary restriction of hello,
which was that new-style (boxed) greetings could not be combined with
user-supplied text.

Given that is a good goal, the subject of Unicode must be addressed, since
user-defined text may always be in Unicode. (Indeed, even built-in text is,
and the boxed format should surely be internationalised).

I don't see a way around this; nor do I think Unicode should be thought of
something that is a "specific programming feature": multi-byte encodings
are the commonest way of dealing with internationalised text, and treating
them as a bolt-on extra automatically disenfranchises all the communities
that need them for their languages, which these days, given the demise of
8-bit encodings, is pretty much anything other than English.


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