Re: Matching Unicode strings and combining characters [was: basic

From: Paul Keinanen (
Date: Thu Sep 30 1999 - 16:55:14 EDT

On Thu, 30 Sep 1999 11:50:28 -0700 (PDT), Geoffrey Waigh
<> wrote:

>Paul Keinanen wrote:

>> So Unicode is not supported in a real time environment ?
>I did it several years ago. It is much easier when you accept that most
>of the complexity in Unicode is there for good technical reasons and to
>work with it rather than twist it to fit old ASCII programming practices.

This is hilarious.

So the following are "old ASCII programming practises" that should not
or can not be used with Unicode:

- any use of asynchronous lines (except PPP+HTML)
- any use of hardcopy terminals
- keyboard entry with remote echo over serial line or telnet
- single key menu selections over serial line or telnet

Apparently the only communication environments in which Unicode works
without problems is (IBM mainframe style) block mode terminals and in
HTML (the CICS of the 90's :-) and of course ftp and other file
transfer protocols.

Call me old fashioned, but I think these restrictions are quite


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