Yukihiro Matsumoto <matz / ruby-lang.org> writes:

> Hi,
>
> In message "Re: Default argument values for blocks"
>     on Wed, 12 Oct 2005 20:46:53 +0900, Martin DeMello <martindemello / yahoo.com> writes:
>
> |Why not \ as in Haskell instead? Looks much more like the actual letter
> |lambda (which is what motivated its use in Haskell) and is two
> |keystrokes less to type (counting the shift for >).
>
> A backslash is the most unfortunate character, which is caught by yen
> sign problem.  In Japanese encoding, appearance of the character
> varies font to font.  On some font (e.g. on my Emacs) it is shown as a
> backslash, on other font (e.g. on my Firefox), it is shown as a
> Japanese currency sign, Yen (two dashes over captal Y).  Indeed, a
> backslash can reminds me lambda, but yen sign does not have any clue
> for lambda.  This must be a tiny problem for non Japanese.

Imagine a ? on it's head... looks quite lambdaish. ;-)

> 							matz.
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