Should programming languages switch to special characters (gliphs) for it's code?

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  • Forscape

    Scientific computing language

    For specific domains like high-level scientific computing, special characters can help. I'm playing with a lang that uses IDE buttons and typing shortcuts to allow special characters, Forscape. You can execute code like:

  • rust

    Empowering everyone to build reliable and efficient software.

    The parser should either do normalization or include the unicode code-point in an error message when encountering an unexpected character. Rust does the latter*, so you can't give your collagues a headache by replacing semi-colons with greek questions marks (nightmares)

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  • agda-stdlib

    The Agda standard library

    Agda is a good example, as it allows you to define arbitrary Unicode-based operators and names:

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