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Re: ruby-mode : ruby-mode-set-encoding

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: ruby-mode : ruby-mode-set-encoding
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 09:10:02 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.91 (gnu/linux)

>> Interesting.  Why don't they just force the use of some arbitrarily
>> chosen variant of Unicode?
> To avoid "arbitrarily" breaking software systems and development
> environments that target other character sets.

Sorry, I meant "didn't" instead of "don't": these are recent programming
languages, and since Java was able to do it why couldn't Python do it?

> You cannot simply run all files through recode, as that will break
> strings that display on legacy terminals or have been interned
> in databases.

Nice theoretical problem, but I think that Java proves it to be
a non-issue in practice.  Anyway, it's too late now,


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