[fpc-pascal] FPC Unicode / CodePage aware strings

Mattias Gaertner nc-gaertnma at netcologne.de
Thu Dec 10 13:18:51 CET 2015

On Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:02:31 +0000
Graeme Geldenhuys <mailinglists at geldenhuys.co.uk> wrote:

> On 2015-12-10 11:16, Jonas Maebe wrote:
> > There is no such thing as "official FPC Unicode". We added support for  
> > codepage-aware ansistrings. We added unicodestring overloads for a  
> Does the type UnicodeString always mean UTF-16 encoded text (like it's
> Delphi counterpart)? If so, that unfortunate.


> Can the encoding of UnicodeString be changed to say UTF-8?


> And yes, I
> know there is a UTF8String type too, but I'm specifically referring to
> UnicodeString (as in the Unicode standard supporting multiple
> encodings), as many RTL functions seem to use that specific type.

Many RTL functions support UTF8String, AnsiString too, as Jonas
already pointed out.

> > The test program you posted later does not work completely because it  
> > uses routines that have not yet been adapted (UpCase and ToUpper are
> OK, so FPC unicode is still far from usable, as some RTL function will
> work, and others won't. :-/  With that conclusion, I'll then keep
> fpGUI's Unicode support exactly as it currently is.

If you have a working Unicode solution there is no reason to abandon it.
The FPC team did a great job keeping compatibility (contrary to Delphi).


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