Re: Syntax

Frank Ellermann <nobody@xyzzy.claranet.de> Wed, 10 January 2007 22:20 UTC

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Julian Reschke wrote:
 
> Well. Do you have a C compiler?

Sure, MS C 6.0, gcc 2.6.3, and I could try to install an 
OpenWatcom (after buying a new hard disk), or try to revive
the almost dead hard disk with Watcom 10.
   
> I'm sure there are decent UTF-8 libs

Probably.  But I'd prefer to do anything related to strings
in REXX or gawk (3.0.6).  My box is only an example, like
Stephane's examples about older lexx / yacc / flex / bison.

> I simply think that inventing new notations without taking
> care of non-ASCII characters is a good idea.

ASCII is to some degree comptible with a future extension to
UTF-8.  With more or less obscure escape mechanisms we could
pick a bad idea.
 
> I think that what I proposed *was* native UTF-8.

Then we agree that we don't want any escape mechanisms _now_
with a chance to change our mind later if ABNF or RFCs would
go this way (I doubt it, but it's not absolutely clear).

Frank



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