[seqfan] Re: 23 sequences

Charles Greathouse charles.greathouse at case.edu
Sun Feb 10 20:32:55 CET 2013


I think -- though I'm not sure -- that these messages were from before the
database supported utf-8 as it does now. Certainly it's possible to include
many non-ASCII characters in the OEIS now.

Charles Greathouse
Analyst/Programmer
Case Western Reserve University


On Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM, Maximilian Hasler <
maximilian.hasler at gmail.com> wrote:

> >> Finally, it would be a good thing if the OEIS editing application could
> be
> >> modified to detect and disallow nonascii characters in a submission of a
> >> sequence or edit containing them.
> >
> >
> > That's a good idea.
>
> I disagree.
> Actually, it is also impossible :
> Several contributors have non-ASCII characters even in their name.
> And I think this is a step into the good direction.
>
> Earlier extensions to ASCII (like ANSI or the "isolatin" character sets)
> were right from the beginning "condemned" to
> (a) not being able to contain sufficiently many non-ASCII letters and
> symbol
>    (not even accented characters only),
> and (therefore)
> (b) to become obsolete sooner or later.
>
> This is not the case for UTF-8 which is today a widespread standard,
> (used for sending the OEIS web pages, to store data in the main OEIS
> database, and also on the wiki)
> and can be assumed to live as long as bytes are used as basic unit to
> store and transmit data.
>
> Regards,
> Maximilian
>
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