[fpc-pascal] Re: Widestrings length and character iteration

Daniël Mantione daniel.mantione at freepascal.org
Wed May 9 10:24:22 CEST 2007

Op Wed, 9 May 2007, schreef Christos Chryssochoidis:

> OK, I figured out what happened. The source file was saved in UTF-8 encoding,
> but I hadn't put in my source file the compiler directive {$CODEPAGE UTF8}.
> After including this directive in my code almost everything worked fine:
> length() was returning the right number of unicode characters, and
> subscripting the widestring returned the right character. But as the widechar
> and widestring encoding is, as you said, UTF-16, while my Mac OS X console
> uses UTF-8 encoding, for the output results to be displayed correctly I had to
> wrap the individual widechars or the whole widestring with the function
> utf8encode(), prior to output them with write()...

This means no widestring manager was used; the default dumb widestring 
manager converts to iso-8859-1. Use the "cwstring" unit will use the 
system encoding when reading/writing widestrings.


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