Unicode in the Curriculum?
kenwhistler at att.net
Wed Jan 6 09:43:41 CST 2016
Actually, ASCII should *not* be ignored or deprecated.
We *love* ASCII. The issue is just making sure that students understand
that the *true name* of "ASCII" is "UTF-8". It is just the very first 128
values that open into the entire world of Unicode characters.
It is a mind trick to play on young programmers: when you learn
"ASCII", you are just playing on the bunny slope at the UTF-8
ski resort. Slap on your snowboard and practice -- get out there
onto the 2-, 3- and 4-byte slopes with the experts!
On 1/6/2016 4:09 AM, Andre Schappo wrote:
> On 4 Jan 2016, at 16:59, Asmus Freytag (t) wrote:
>> ASCII shouldn't be taught, perhaps?
> I really like the idea of questioning whether or not ASCII should even be taught.
> Wherever in a programming curriculum, text processing/transmission/storage/presentation/encoding is taught, then it should be Unicode text.
> ASCII, along with, ISO-8859 ISO-2022 GB2312 …etc… should be consigned to
> …and finally, the legacy character sets/encodings...
> Maybe ASCII should now be flagged as deprecated https://twitter.com/andreschappo/status/684706421712228352
> André Schappo
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