[fpc-pascal] TListBox bug in LCL of Lazarus?

Jürgen Hestermann juergen.hestermann at gmx.de
Sun Dec 21 16:19:03 CET 2008

> You don't need the AnsiToUTF8 if you encode your source file as UTF-8
> without a BOM.

Well, I installed and started Lazarus in the standard way so why isn't 
it using UTF-8 by default if that's the only way to store strings? Why 
let the user step into this trap? And how do I change my current code to 

> The difference from Delphi is caused by Lazarus supporting unicode and
> also some limitations of Free Pascal, but nothing which prevents the
> correct development of unicode apps if you follow the documentation:
> http://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/LCL_Unicode_Support

Thanks for the link. But why isn't it documented in the Help of 
TListBox? No word there that the strings may be UTF-8 only (and that you 
somehow have to store your code files in that coding if you use stings 

> Delphi 7 doesn't support unicode, so I doubt you were using unicode
> routines there. Isn't that correct?

Yes, of course that's correct. That's the reason I didn't use Unicode 
for Lazarus either. But that failed. So I had a hard time to find out 
myself that I have to use AnsiToUTF8 for each and every constant string 
I use. A quite distracting first contact with Lazarus/FPC.

Jürgen Hestermann.

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