ZX80 (was: Fixed Width Spaces (was: Printing and Displaying DependentVowels))

From: Jon Hanna (jon@hackcraft.net)
Date: Thu Apr 01 2004 - 08:35:19 EST

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    Quoting Arcane Jill <arcanejill@ramonsky.com>:

    > Of course, back in the days of the ZX80 (a device which, by the way, had
    > its own custom, non-ASCII character set) and its offshoots, there was
    > indeed a SPACE LETTER - a character which /looked/ like a space, but
    > /acted/ like a letter,

    Gosh, that brings me back. All those characters that were BASIC keywords
    compressed into one octet. How could we have neglected to encode such important
    legacy characters, this unnecessarily complicates round-trip conversion between
    ZX80s and Unicode.

    Jon Hanna
    "it has been truly said that hackers have even more words for
    equipment failures than Yiddish has for obnoxious people." - jargon.txt

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