Escapes within quoted atoms

Roger Price <>
Wed Jan 11 20:29:13 CET 2006


I've been reading chapter 2.1.2 in the Erlang book which talks about 
Atoms, and I have a question:

\^A .. \^Z  The given meaning is "control A to control Z (i.e. 0..26)"

At first I thought this should read 0..25, but then maybe it's the Swedish 
alphabet 0..28.

I checked the Swedish alphabet theory with the atom '\^Ä' (Ä is Latin
capital A with diaeresis) in Eshell V5.4.9 and got an unexpected response:
5> '\^\304' .
'\004'
It is implicit in chapter 2.1.2 that \x => x if x has no other meaning, so 
why don't I see '\^Ä' => '^Ä'.

Roger


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