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Re: Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Tolerate the Dot

by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor)
on Jul 17, 2001 at 03:11 UTC ( #97214=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Tolerate the Dot
in thread Dots and cargo-cult programming

Yes, so many things we think of as normal now were caused by a lack of characters in ASCII and its predicesors. Why not use × for multiplication and ÷ for division, since they are in the common Latin-1 8-bit character set? I mean, isn't it time we moved beyond 7 bits?

Now we think of * as meaning multiply, when originally it was an available substitute because character 0xD7 didn't exist yet.

You could also use → for dereference and ← for assignment (as early Algol-family languages originally wanted!), if only the fonts weren't drawn so terribly.

—John

Hmm... I know that's worked before, so why are characters with high bit set (multi-byte in UTF-8 encoding) showing up as sequences in the preview window? Looking at HTML source, there is no meta tag for charset present. Works fine as entities, though, but much harder to type!

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