[erlang-questions] A proposal for Unicode variable and atom names in Erlang.

Michael Richter <>
Mon Oct 22 15:49:56 CEST 2012

On 22 October 2012 18:54, Henning Diedrich <> wrote:

> There would always be unambiguous transcription rules to Latin. They may
> often not be perceived as pretty, but to me this is no sufficient reason to
> open Pandora's Box.

I can't help but note that you're not actually affected by not opening
Pandora's box…

Indeed I can't help but notice that all the people arguing for the status
quo benefit from the status quote because they're either:

   1. native English speakers; or
   2. people who've already expended the wholly unnecessary effort to learn
   English just so they could do their real job.

Frankly neither has much standing with me when expressing opinions on

The people who do have standing?  They're people like the Chinese hackers
or Japanese hackers or Korean hackers or Indian hackers you never hear from
because they speak to each other instead of you.
"Perhaps people don't believe this, but throughout all of the discussions
of entering China our focus has really been what's best for the Chinese
people. It's not been about our revenue or profit or whatnot."
--Sergey Brin, demonstrating the emptiness of the "don't be evil" mantra.
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