[fpc-devel] RTL and Unicode filenames operations.

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Mon Feb 1 10:53:59 CET 2010

In our previous episode, Michael Schnell said:
> Right, But exactly this seems to ask for dynamically encoded strings
> allowing to do the user code as agnostic of the system encoding as
> possible while automatic conversions are made whenever necessary, but
> avoided whenever possible.

Both string types will probably be fully supported on unicode supporting
platforms. The point is what the RTL uses. It makes sense to take the
encoding closest to the system, to at least allow minimal conversion

> (Which as we all know can't be provided in an absolutely perfect way: in
> some cases the "agnostic" user code will not work as expected and in some
> other cases performance might be reduced due to multiple automatic
> conversions).

Yes. Note that what I say goes for the RTL, since obviously, in the core
library, speed and reducing dependancies is the most important. 

I don't mind if some XML lib or so is is always either UTF-16 or UTF-8
(depending on pedigree).

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