# [plt-scheme] Is UNICODE in the code taboo?

 From: Dimitris Vyzovitis (vyzo at media.mit.edu) Date: Wed Dec 10 19:30:58 EST 2008 Previous message: [plt-scheme] Is UNICODE in the code taboo? Next message: [plt-scheme] Is UNICODE in the code taboo? Messages sorted by: [date] [thread] [subject] [author]

On Thu, 11 Dec 2008, Jens Axel Soegaard wrote:

>> Emacs
>
> No problems there, at least if you remember to choose the correct
> encoding.

Or if people put the damn encoding at the modeline it would be much
easier.
Having said that, no it is not that simple:
1) the font must support the extra characters (many monospace fonts, the
ones a programmer might use, get you nasty boxes instead)
2) when you are running in a terminal you get extra hoops to jump
through, because you have to enable multibyte etc. And you must be in
a sane terminal that works well with unicode.
3) Oh, and when you are running in a screen more hoops to jump.
Recurse in hierarchies of screens running in different machines and you
start to appreciate pain.
4) Oh, and pretty much all programs you expect to run in the command line
for quick code processing tend to break with unicode.
5) ...
\infty) Don't use unicode in the code :p

-- vyzo



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