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

Richard O'Keefe <>
Tue Oct 30 04:49:03 CET 2012


On 22/10/2012, at 6:08 PM, Yurii Rashkovskii wrote:

> Richard,
> 
> Please excuse my ignorance, but can you name a single good reason for non-latin atoms and variable names?

There are literally billions of people on this planet
who are most comfortable reading and writing non-Latin scripts,
and many of them write programs.

> From my personal point of view, this is a sure road to hell.

Once Erlang accepted non-ASCII characters, it had already gone
at least half way down that road.  I note that IBM mainframe
programming languages like Fortran and PL/I supported DBCS
(double-byte character set) characters decades ago, and somehow,
hell completely failed to materialise.




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