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Jerome Vuarand wrote:
Italian and portuguese use alphabets based on the latin one, as do
most european languages, and most of these alphabets letters have a
very similar cousin in ASCII. But think about Russian, Chinese or
Japanese people. While most can use a roman alphabet, many (especially
the young) may be more comfortable with their local characters.

True. On the other hand, this would make cross-border communication harder and so increase programming culture fragmentation (no, I don't claim to have a solution).