Yukihiro Matsumoto wrote:

> Besides, characters in _my_ encoding would not fit in the range of
> 0..255 anyway.

Depends on whether you're handling them as raw bytes or not. :)

(But I think that the unused bit in the Symbol namespace could be used 
for representing full UCS2 range, but that would mean enforcing a 
specific encoding for those immediate one-character Strings. And I think 
you would need full UCS4 range anyway. I'm not sure.)