Re: writing in an alphabet with fewer letters: letter replacements

From: Richard Wordingham <richard.wordingham_at_ntlworld.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:42:55 +0100

On Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:38:27 +0100
Ian Clifton <ian.clifton_at_chem.ox.ac.uk> wrote:

> Philippe Verdy <verdy_p_at_wanadoo.fr> writes:
>
> > 2013/7/5 Richard Wordingham <richard.wordingham_at_ntlworld.com>
> >
> > I've seen French comments in Fortran that just drop all the
> > accents -
> > most disconcerting to read!
> > This is an old problem. It first appeared because lack of Unicode
> > support in famous historic programming languages (and it persists
> > today in common languages like C, C++, Basic, Fortran, Cobol, Ada,
> > Pascal...), but now it should be noted that many French programmers

Most languages have long allowed 'implementation-defined' characters in
source code files; the extent to which it is allowed outside comments
has varied.

> This is no longer true of Ada, at least, both the standard and the
> popular GNAT implementation support Unicode:

> Gr : constant String := "Grezi mitenand";

That only demonstrates Latin-1 support! It seems the current
Ada standard supports the original ISO 10646 31 bits.

Richard.
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