[Oberon] Texts; was "Re (2): byte vs. octet."

peter at easthope.ca peter at easthope.ca
Sat Apr 28 23:39:09 CEST 2018

In the last year or two someone wrote to the effect: one of the 
reasons Oberon never caught widespread attention and use is the Text 
rather than simple ASCII text.  [I've searched the archives and not 
found the statement.  Might have been a personal message.  Anyone 

>From joerg.straube at iaeth.ch  Sun Sep 10 09:52:38 2017
> The Oberon type ?Texts.Text? is more than pure ASCII text; e.g. it 
> contains font information not available in pure ASCII text.

My understanding is only to the extent that MediaWiki.Markup 
and WikiMedia do a decent job of representing Oberon sources.

Text involves several modules and several records. Some of the records 
are extensions.  The complexity is formidable.  Enough to deter too 
many novices.

From:	Paul Reed <paulreed at paddedcell.com>
Date:	Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:19:49 +0100
> Is there a specific concern related to Oberon or its documentation?  
> I'd be interested to know where octets might have crept in ;-)

I've added this section to the book.

In a difficult subject, concrete examples can help.  The first 
is a trivial Text containing the characters "Word".  Additions, 
corrections and tips welcome.

In this description either byte or octet should convey the idea. 
I don't know which is better.

Thanks,                   ... Lyall E.
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