Very well… I concede :).


> On Dec 28, 2017, at 09:51, Matthew Butterick <> wrote:
>> On Dec 27, 2017, at 10:15 PM, 'John Clements' via Racket Users 
>> <> wrote:
>> Again, there may be a reason why this is a bad idea, but I don’t think I’ve 
>> heard it yet :).
> Speaking as a user of nonprinting characters, I expect them to, you know, not 
> print ;)
>> People may need to learn this, but when it’s easy to eliminate a source of 
>> errors, it should be eliminated. In this case, it seems not-too-difficult to 
>> display this symbol in a different way, and doing this for the set of 
>> nonprinting characters would appear to represent a reasonable compromise 
>> position.
> Justin's right: this problem is endemic within Unicode. Many codepoints have 
> ambiguously similar visual representations (sometimes by coincidence, 
> sometimes by design). For this reason, in terms of unit tests, you can't (and 
> probably shouldn't) trust your eyes.
> Moreover, isn't it already "not-too-difficult to display this symbol in a 
> different way"? The printed char representation will always be unambiguous:
> #lang racket 
> (define bad-symbol (string->symbol "\uFEFFhello")) 
> (string->list (symbol->string bad-symbol)) ; '(#\uFEFF #\h #\e #\l #\l #\o)
> (define regular-symbol 'hello) 
> (string->list (symbol->string regular-symbol)) ; '(#\h #\e #\l #\l #\o)

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