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Re: upcoming revision, need feedback Derick Eddington 11 Jan 2010 23:35 UTC

On Mon, 2010-01-11 at 15:56 +0200, Vitaly Magerya wrote:
> Derick Eddington wrote:

> > Ugh.  The Microsoft page [1] about what characters to avoid does not say
> > that #\~ is treated specially.  Should #\~ be added to the encoded set?
> >
> > [1]
> It is described in the "Short vs. Long Names" section. Basically every
> filename that does not fit into 8.3 naming scheme has an 8.3 alias,
> typically in the form of XXXXXX~N.XXX. The exact rules for making that
> alias are file-system dependent though [1].
> So yes, to avoid conflicts you need to escape ~.

I read that section but didn't pause long enough to realize it does
indeed imply that #\~ is treated specially and so conflicts are
possible.  I'll add #\~ to the encoded set.

> >> FWIW, using non-ascii symbols in source files is widely considered bad
> >> manners in my culture. So while I do recognize value in not needing to
> >> encode these symbols, I won't complain much about the discrimination.
> >
> > Well, I think that's an unfortunate consequence of archaic poor
> > English-only designs, and your culture should take advantage of modern
> > character freedom :)
> Well, you see, there is only that much of audience for Щира Укрїнська
> Scheme, and while (мережа пошта) is an awesome library I'm afraid you
> won't enjoy using it.

I see your point.  Though, I still think people should be able to
program in their native language, and renaming wrapper libraries can be
used to make it accessible to other cultures:

  (library (chain mail)
    (export (rename (спам-кожному spam-everyone)))
    (import (мережа пошта)))

: Derick