Extending arithmetic

Robert Virding <>
Tue Feb 11 01:12:42 CET 2003


James Hague wrote:
> Robert Virding wrote:
> 
>>Seriously though this would mean that "ABCD" + 32 -> "abcd".
> 
> 
> I think this confusion is already there:
> 
> $A + 32 -> 97
> [65,66,67,68] -> "ABCD"
> 
> (But I don't think it should be made worse by allowing arithmetic 
> operations on lists.)

I know the lack of a proper character type is a Bad Thing! Unfortunately 
it is not at all trivial to add, although it seems easy before you start 
considering all the implications. Also compatibility would means a few 
nasty compromises.

Robert




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