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Re: wide characters and i18n
> ...which is also simplistic in the assumption and problems faced. If
> you want to know about the issues with I18N and Unicode in specific,
> don't ask Americans. Don't ask Europeans either, they only have
> slightly more exposure to the problems.
That actually was one thing I very much liked about that Plan 9
document. They recognized and specifically called out the places where
they knew they were making limiting assumptions - such as the
assumption of left-to-right top-to-bottom text.
I don't agree with everything they did, but that's hardly surprising,
and it doesn't make what they did any worse. (Indeed, I suspect there
are a few who would call that a recommendation.)
Trying to solve all the problems usually ends up failing and solving
none. Plan 9 doesn't solve all the world's UI issues. But it
addressed a specific, well-chosen subset of them and did a pretty good
job of solving them. That they didn't solve others doesn't invalidate
what they did do.
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