i hear legends of some (rare, old-school) platforms and contexts where ascii data is stored in 16 or even 32 bit integers, with the high bits zeroed out or ignored. but i agree that
UInt8 is the main one to support.
i see no real benefit to this, ascii is usually stored in 8-bits so you basically get the other 128 character plane for free. maybe we should use signed
Int8 so you can use a sign test to distinguish the two
i feel like y’all getting hung up on the single quotes vs double quotes thing which is really its own side issue and not particularly relevant here. again, i suggest single quotes because i think
" is way too overloaded in the language and people are too stingy with reserving
' for something else but there’s no real problem with using
" for everything