Hi,

In message "Re: [ruby-core:20133] Re: Playing with String#bytes"
    on Thu, 27 Nov 2008 08:38:03 +0900, "Michael Selig" <michael.selig / fs.com.au> writes:

|I would much prefer string literals with "\x" to be always ASCII-8BIT.

It appeared nice at first sight, but it turned out to cause troubles
than it helps.  \x notation for multibyte strings are useful when you
don't have proper input facilities.  Besides that, #dump will no longer
go round for non-Unicode multibyte strings.

							matz.