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- Subject: Re: question about Unicode
- From: Matt Campbell <mattc@...>
- Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2006 12:22:52 -0600
It depends on whether you want to use the encoding specified by the
current locale, or always use UTF-8. The former is a more general
solution and is probably preferred on Unix; GNU/Linux distributions are
moving toward UTF-8 anyway. However, it's problematic on Windows;
someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that UTF-8 is
never (or rarely) the encoding associated with the system locale on
Windows. So if you always want to use UTF-8, it's probably better to
use a hand-written converter.
By the way, I find it annoying that on Windows, you have to use special
wide-character functions if you want your code to be Unicode-aware;
passing UTF-8 strings around would be a much more portable solution. I
have considered developing an alternative C runtime library for Windows
in which, among other differentiating features, UTF-8 would be assumed
as the encoding for non-wide-character strings (so for example, you'd
pass a UTF-8 string to fopen instead of having to call wfopen). Would
there be any interest in this among Lua users?
"The Accessibility Anywhere People"