I wrote this post in 2008, more than 15 years ago.
It may be very out of date, partially or totally incorrect. I may even no longer agree
with this, or might approach things differently if I wrote this post today. I rarely edit
posts after writing them, but if I have there'll be a note at the bottom about what
I changed and why. If something in this post is actively harmful or dangerous please get in
touch and I'll fix it.
Arc only supports Ascii. MzScheme, which the current version of Arc
compiles to, has some more advanced plan for dealing with characters.
But it would probably have taken me a couple days to figure out how to
interact with it, and I don’t want to spend even one day dealing with
character sets. Character sets are a black hole. I realize that
supporting only Ascii is uninternational to a point that’s almost
offensive […] But the kind of people who would be offended by that
wouldn’t like Arc anyway.”