[fpc-devel] Unicode in the RTL (my ideas)

Martin Schreiber mse00000 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 21:36:36 CEST 2012

On Wednesday 22 August 2012 15:07:50 Hans-Peter Diettrich wrote:
> Martin Schreiber schrieb:
> > On Wednesday 22 August 2012 02:01:09 Hans-Peter Diettrich wrote:
> >> You still miss the point. Why deal with single characters, by index,
> >> when working with substrings also covers the single-character use?
> >
> > Why not if it is faster, simpler and more intuitive for beginners?
> Because they will find out soon, that such an simplified approach is
> inappropriate in working with Unicode. English people had a hard time to
> accept the existence of larger character sets (than ASCII), and
> considered it "other people's problem". But when talking Unicode it's
> *your* problem if your procedures fail on foreign languages or
> codepages. Ignoring ligatures or other foreign languages' constructs and
> habits will bite you, sonner or later.
I am not talking about Unicode. I am talking about day by day programming of 
an average programmer where the live is easier with utf-16 than with utf-8. 
Unicode is not done by using pos() instead of character indexes.
I think everybody knows my opinion, I stop now.

Thanks, Martin

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