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Re: character strings versus byte strings bear 23 Dec 2003 04:45 UTC

On Mon, 22 Dec 2003, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:

>bear <> writes:
>> ...but I'm
>> sorely tempted to simply declare all use of eszett, given its
>> unique status in the history of human writing, to be an error.
>What happened to the days when computer programmers saw difficult
>problems as interesting challenges, instead of as things to define

As I said, a temptation; not one I'm going to succumb to.  There
is a solution in place for it.  I just dislike the "solution."

Eszett is offensive because it absolutely *forces* its craziness
back up to the user-attention level, and makes the "correct"
behavior precisely the problematic behavior (strings change length
on case ops) I had managed to completely eliminate for the rest of