[fpc-devel] UTF8 RTL

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Sun Nov 23 16:31:10 CET 2014

On Sun, 23 Nov 2014, Mattias Gaertner wrote:

> On Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:26:08 +0100
> Jonas Maebe <jonas.maebe at elis.ugent.be> wrote:
>> On 18/11/14 19:51, Mattias Gaertner wrote:
>>> On Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:17:25 +0100
>>>>> Thanks, but there is no UTF-8 RTL.
>>> That's what I thought too a week ago.
>>> FPC 2.7 made an old dream come true. :)
>> Nevertheless, please stop calling it the UTF-8 RTL.
>> It will give people the wrong impression, because there is no and may well never be an UTF-8
>> RTL. It is no way whatsoever specific to UTF-8, nor will it
>> automagically work correctly with UTF-8 encoded data in all scenarios
>> (e.g. when DefaultSystemCodePage<>CP_UTF8, or when the file system API
>> doesn't support all characters that can be encoded using UTF-8, ...) or
>> on all platforms (some platforms don't even support multiple code pages).
> Hmm, maybe you have a point there.
> It is similar to normal RTL and RTL with CurrencyString:='Euro'.
> When I say "Euro RTL" it does not work correctly in all
> scenarios, but I'm sure some people think it does.
> I doubt that I can come up with a name, that everyone understands
> correct, but I have to call it something.
> What about "RTL with UTF8 as default"?

That seems wrong, since UTF-8 is not the default on Windows ?

Let's try to understand first why do you insist on the "UTF-8" in the name ?

Maybe "UTF-8 aware" is better, if you really want the UTF-8 in the name.


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