[fpc-devel] Unicode RTL

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Wed Nov 16 11:40:19 CET 2005

> Please check this discussion:
> http://community.freepascal.org:10000/bboards/message?message_id=172880&forum_id=24092
> Short summary:
> * Many places in the rtl use single character strings, i.e. ansistrings.
> * To make them Unicode proof they need to be changed into wide strings.
> * But this could break a lot, and add a lot of overhead.
> To be short, Juras B. wants to add a Unicode Win32 target, so in the 
> standard RTL things like Tlist etc. use ansistrings, while in the Unicode 
> RTL they use widestrings.
> IMHO this is indeed a good solution, but one with consequences. Could 
> somebody give his opinion?

IMHO the problem is that the principle of the target dependant dir structure
is that there is an separation between OS and non-OS dependant code,
allowing to reuse the OS independant code. 

However this doesn't work fully this way, since unicode internally also hits
OS-independant code hard. IOW the separate target only solves the windows
unit defaults.

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