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Nathan Olberding wrote:
> Phillip Hutchings wrote:
>   
>> Ruby doesn't provide a character data type, so without this you'd be
>> unable to find the character value for it.
>>     
>
> What I meant to say is, why not free up x[0] (seems more logical, at 
> least to me, to use it for tiny strings) and use something like 
> x[0].ascii or x[0].character_code to return an array of character codes 
> for all characters in the given string?
>
> It just seems to me that x[0] indicates in no natural, understood way 
> that it refers to a fixnum, much less one that indicates character 
> codes.
>
>   
You are not alone.
I think it has something to do with something a long time ago? I don't 
know what.

-Justin

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