[Haskell-cafe] Unicode Haskell source -- Yippie!

Rustom Mody rustompmody at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 17:36:20 UTC 2014

On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM, Kyle Murphy <orclev at gmail.com> wrote:

> It's an interesting feature, and nice if you want that sort of thing, but
> not something I'd personally want to see as the default. Deviating from the
> standard ASCII set of characters is just too much of a hurdle to usability
> of the language. If you really like that sort of thing though you might
> want to look into APL which is either famous or infamous depending on your
> outlook for needing its own custom keyboard in order to write it.
> -R. Kyle Murphy

I dont think anyone can reasonably talk of making it a default!
Just seeing how much and to where the envelope can be pushed.

eg I would like to see \ spelled as λ

As for APL, it failed for various reasons eg
- mixing up assembly language (straight line code with gotos) with
functional idioms
- the character set was a major hurdle in the 60s. Thats not an issue today
when most OSes/editors are unicode compliant
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