"A Programmer's Introduction to Unicode"

Janusz S. Bien jsbien at mimuw.edu.pl
Sun Mar 12 14:02:28 CDT 2017

Quote/Cytat - Manish Goregaokar <manish at mozilla.com> (Sun 12 Mar 2017  
07:43:22 PM CET):

>> This is just another confirmation that the present Unicode terminology
> is confusing.
> I find this to be a symptom of our pedagogy around "characters" in
> programming; most folks get taught that characters are bytes are code
> points, especially because many languages try to make this the case.
> The name "grapheme cluster" could be improved upon, but it's not the
> primary source of this confusion.

I agree that it's not the primary source. However the pedagogy depends  
on the terminology used.

If the basic notion has to be referred in a cumbersome way as  
"extended grapheme cluster" then it is easier to talk about "Unicode  
characters" despite the fact that they have a rather loose relation to  
real-life/user-perceived characters.

Best regards


Prof. dr hab. Janusz S. Bień -  Uniwersytet Warszawski (Katedra  
Lingwistyki Formalnej)
Prof. Janusz S. Bień - University of Warsaw (Formal Linguistics Department)
jsbien at uw.edu.pl, jsbien at mimuw.edu.pl, http://fleksem.klf.uw.edu.pl/~jsbien/

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