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

Sylvain Henry hsyl20 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 17:54:05 UTC 2014

As a first step, it could be useful to provide this kind of syntax for
haddock generated HTML sources (read-only).

Fortress language provides something similar (see Section 2.3 in the spec


[1] http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/samth/fortress-spec.pdf

2014-04-24 19:36 GMT+02:00 Rustom Mody <rustompmody at gmail.com>:

> 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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