Re: Unicode block for programming related symbols and codepoints?

From: Hans Aberg <>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 20:48:21 +0100

> On 9 Feb 2015, at 19:17, Ken Whistler <> wrote:
> The use in C of "=" and "==" was badly designed
> from the start, and is the source of bezillions of inadvertent programming
> errors in practice.

It is the ample oversupply of implicit conversions in combination with the lack of a proper boolean type that is causing those programming errors.

> But if a left arrow, for example, might be a better choice for an assignment
> operator in a programming language, and a two-character ASCII operator
> like ":=" or "<-" doesn't seem appropriate or causes other confusion, there
> still isn't a character *encoding* issue here. Just use "←", which already exists (U+2190),
> and is a fine left arrow!

There are also
and others.

No problems using such characters in Flex:

The problem is the lack of input methods.

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