I used the patch, and I think it is beautiful. I completely disagree
with the comments such as " I dislike the UTF-8 banner because it
looks too nice." and "Keep the banner short and simple ; people don't
come to sage to enjoy that sight!" Clean beauty is exactly what
people (at least me!) want in software. The banner in Sage right now,
which I probably wrote (?), looks frankly ugly and like a hack,
compared to the one on this patch.
Also, UTF is clearly the future of strings, having native default
support in modern interpreters, editors, etc., and also being critical
to supporting users who aren't using English.
This patch is along the same lines as the recent inclusion of a nice
color prompt (thanks Volker) in that it makes Sage prettier and more
pleasant to use.
So my strong vote *for* this ticket. Moreover, I like it so much I'll
be henceforth applying it to the standard system-wide version of Sage
, even if it doesn't get into Sage.
In particular, I disagree with " If you're doing something that
requires nice output you should probably be using a notebook interface
anyways" -- since the terminal interface *is* part of the notebook
interface now, and it must look nice.