[fpc-devel] Forwarded message about FPC status

Leif Ekblad leif at rdos.net
Sun Dec 23 11:12:42 CET 2012

IMO, I wouldn't support wide-character (UnicodeString) strings for anything 
In the beginning the wide-character string had the advantage of being able 
to represent
all characters with 2 bytes, but this is no longer the case. I would switch 
to UTF-8
instead and keep characters 1 byte long. A switch to UTF-8 only affects a
small amount of the code-base, and doesn't break string references.

In fact, I introduced UTF-8 in my OS recently, and it was easy to do. So not
supporting wide-character strings does not mean you must keep an old
ansi state.

Leif Ekblad

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Hans-Peter Diettrich" <DrDiettrich1 at aol.com>
To: "FPC developers' list" <fpc-devel at lists.freepascal.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:49 AM
Subject: Re: [fpc-devel] Forwarded message about FPC status

> Graeme Geldenhuys schrieb:
>> Well, let me just say that the idea of two RTL's is rather ridiculous
>> too!!
> It's not different from Delphi, where the introduction of UnicodeString 
> required a renewed RTL, VCL and IDE. Who should do the same for FPC and 
> Lazarus, and tell the users that they either have to stay with an old 
> (frozen) Ansi release, or must upgrade all their code and component 
> libraries to the new strings, RTL and LCL? IMO a typical loose-loose 
> situation :-(
>> Anyway, I can see where this thread is heading... just another waist of
>> time. So I'll stop here.
> Yeah
> DoDi
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