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> There's a very sound argument to be made for the opposite conclusion, that if we care about a problem we should make it necessary to solve the problem correctly or else stuff very obviously breaks, not have broken systems seem like they kinda work until they're used in anger.

Oh, definitely :)

I'm rationalizing the focus on grapheme clusters, if I had my way "what is a string" would be a mandatory unit of programming language education and reasoning about this would be more strongly enforced by programming languages.

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