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

From: Robby Findler (robby at cs.uchicago.edu)
Date: Wed Dec 10 20:53:39 EST 2008

It is sad to live with all those broken tools! At least in partial
answer: if you are entering the unicode in drscheme you presumably
have a programmer friendly font for the X11 version of Emacs. My
experience with emacs in this regard is that it works well, once I
find the magic incantation that says 'this file is in utf-8'.


On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 6:30 PM, Dimitris Vyzovitis <vyzo at media.mit.edu> wrote:
> 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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