sidebar on signedness

David Collier-Brown davec-b at
Mon Oct 9 15:43:40 GMT 2006

tridge at wrote:
> PS: making the sign of 'char' unspecified in the C standard was a _huge_
> mistake :(

It was a tradeoff they made in the direction of systems programmers,
and away from all the rest of the world.  They'd been badly
burned on the Multics project by "fixed binary(71)", you see, and
may still have been hurting (;-))

--dave c-b
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