[fpc-devel] String and UnicodeString and UTF8String

Jonas Maebe jonas.maebe at elis.ugent.be
Mon Jan 10 13:21:56 CET 2011

On 10 Jan 2011, at 09:12, LacaK wrote:

> In current Delphi is String synonym for base type UnicodeString UTF-16
> AFAIU ATM in FPC is String synonym for AnsiString (as in previos  
> versions of Delphi)
> Are there any plans to change meaning of String type ?
> (like Delphi to UnicodeString , or UTF8String?)

If/when this is done, it will only be with a compiler switch or  

> Are there any plans to intorduce implicit conversions between  
> AnsiStrings (ANSI code page) to UTF8Strings (UTF-8 encoded) or  
> something like this ?

That would be part of the general D2009 ansistring support you  
referred to in your other message. There is an svn branch (cpstrnew)  
that contains some preliminary work for this functionality, but nobody  
has worked on it for a long time. Developers interested in working on  
finishing that functionality are welcome!


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