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- Subject: Re: TIOBE: Lua in the Top 20
- From: David Kastrup <dak@...>
- Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 09:56:52 +0200
"Sherry Zhang" <email@example.com> writes:
> I became interested in lua when I heard about the LuaTeX project.
> It is great fun to embed a functional/dynamic programming language
> into TeX. but I wonder whether Lua can do the job because it lacks
> full support for Unicode strings, and it is too slow to use Lua to
> handle the Opentype/Truetype font information, especially CJK fonts.
Handling Unicode support in TeX as compared to Lua is like shooting
yourself in the foot with a mortar rather than with lawn darts.
I'd still very much prefer a Lua variant which defaults to uninterned
strings _until_ one uses them for indexing. But it still beats using
TeX for string manipulation.