[plt-scheme] kudos for PLT's character set support

From: Robby Findler (robby at eecs.northwestern.edu)
Date: Mon Jan 5 13:49:12 EST 2009

On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 12:16 PM, Grant Rettke <grettke at acm.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 7:00 AM, Robby Findler
> <robby at eecs.northwestern.edu> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 6:55 AM, Neil Van Dyke <neil at neilvandyke.org> wrote:
>>> Looking at the PLT documentation and C code, it's clear that someone spent a
>>> lot of effort on doing character sets well.
>> That would be Matthew.
> After Neil posted that question on libiconv it got me wondering about
> the kind of motivations that drive an implementer of any language to
> care about, and, expend the effort to provide such good support.
> Is it personal interest? Is it demand of the users? It is the desire
> for "common sense" functionality. From what I have read some vocal
> folks think that Scheme and different encodings (Unicode for one) go
> together like oil and water, so PLT's support stands out.

It is because we wanted to type the lambda characters in drscheme and
still be able to save the files in text mode.

(Am I serious? You be the judge.)


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