RE: Unicode in the Curriculum?

From: Shawn Steele <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 18:59:22 +0000

+1 :)

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From: Unicode [] On Behalf Of Ken Whistler
Sent: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 7:44 AM
To: Andre Schappo <>
Subject: Re: Unicode in the Curriculum?

Actually, ASCII should *not* be ignored or deprecated.

We *love* ASCII. The issue is just making sure that students understand that the *true name* of "ASCII" is "UTF-8". It is just the very first 128 values that open into the entire world of Unicode characters.

It is a mind trick to play on young programmers: when you learn "ASCII", you are just playing on the bunny slope at the UTF-8 ski resort. Slap on your snowboard and practice -- get out there onto the 2-, 3- and 4-byte slopes with the experts!


On 1/6/2016 4:09 AM, Andre Schappo wrote:
> On 4 Jan 2016, at 16:59, Asmus Freytag (t) wrote:
>> ASCII shouldn't be taught, perhaps?
> I really like the idea of questioning whether or not ASCII should even be taught.
> Wherever in a programming curriculum, text processing/transmission/storage/presentation/encoding is taught, then it should be Unicode text.
> ASCII, along with, ISO-8859 ISO-2022 GB2312 .etc. should be consigned
> to
> .and finally, the legacy character sets/encodings...
> Maybe ASCII should now be flagged as deprecated
> André Schappo
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