Posted Feb 25, 2007 12:09 UTC (Sun) by eru
In reply to: Exaggerated.
Parent article: How an Accident of Hardware Design Encouraged Open Source (O'ReillyNet)
It had everything to do with the fact that the IBM used EBCDIC as its native character set, which among its other faults, is non-contiguous in its alphabetic sequences. That's what makes text manipulation such a pain in the butt on those systems.
An anglo-centric view. For most other languages, alphabetic sequences
are non-contiguous in all widely used character sets.
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