New full Unicode for ES6 idea

Brendan Eich brendan at
Sun Feb 19 15:31:11 PST 2012

Allen Wirfs-Brock wrote:
> On Feb 19, 2012, at 3:18 PM, Brendan Eich wrote:
>> Allen Wirfs-Brock wrote:
>> ...
>>> Your proposal would change that equivalence. In one sense, the BSR 
>>> would be a switch that controls whether a ES "character" corresponds 
>>> to "code unit" or a "code point"
>> Yes, and we might rather have a different word on that basis too.
>> How about "character element"? "Element" to capture indexing as the 
>> means of accessing the thing in question.
> I generally try to use "element" in informal contexts for exactly that 
> reason.  However, shouldn't it be "string element"  and we could let 
> "character" and "Unicode character" mean the same thing?

Yes, see my es-discuss+you followup -- should have measured twice and 
cut once.

I like this much better than anything overloading "character".

To hope to make this sideshow beneficial to all the cc: list, what do 
DOM specs use to talk about uint16 units vs. code points?


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