At 07:14 PM 7/11/02 -0700, Doug Ewell wrote:
>Programming languages, notably C and its offspring, have appropriated
>these characters for their own purposes. You can't really blame "users"
I'm not sure you can blame anyone for that. If you're going to waste
keys on my keyboard for ^, ~ and `, and waste 3 out of 94 graphical
characters in ASCII for them, I'm going to find a use. Next time you
design a universal character set, take more care. (-;
>Except, of course, for any additional user confusion that might have
>arisen from encoding three more lookalike "spoof buddies."
The spoofing problem already exists; adding a few more, with valid
reasons, really isn't going to change anything. Note that ~ and arguably
^ don't spoof SPACING COMBINING TILDE and SPACING COMBINING CIRCUMFLEX.
(Why did Latin-1 and Unicode persist in encoding more of these, BTW?
/Character backspace spacing mark/ was illegal in both of them, and I've
never seen them used for what was overtly their purpose.)
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