To show or not to show french accents

Carsten Schultz carsten at
Thu Dec 18 14:07:09 EST 2003


On Thu, Dec 18, 2003 at 01:55:27PM +0100, francis.girard at wrote:
> Well, I think there should probably be some internationalisation
> mechanism that tells the "show" function (to name one), according to
> some configuration, how to interpret a byte as a character.

My understanding is that `show' should work with `read' and possibly
produce output that can be parsed by the Haskell parser. It is not a
pretty printing function.

> Frankly, I see no good reason why we should be satisfied we the dinosaurus 7 
> bits except perhaps because 7 bits is sufficient for english.
> I am talking about respect for non english speaking people.
> But if nobody cares ...

I, too, speak a language that can't be fully expressed in ASCII, but I
do not think that the behaviour of `show' should be changed in this



Carsten Schultz (2:38, 33:47), FB Mathematik, FU Berlin
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