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- Subject: Re: unicode support in lua
- From: David Kastrup <dak@...>
- Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 15:53:49 +0200
David Jones <email@example.com> writes:
> string.byte should probably be named string.code to avoid any
> emotional attachment to byte.
Possibly. At least it would be sensible to provide those aliases in
the unicode class and pronounce them preferable.
> Whilst almost all bytes are 8-bit (octets), byte does have other
> meanings apart from 8-bit number. Google for "14-bit byte", etc.
Uh, no. The "14-bit byte" is a misnomer for 14-bit patterns
representing 8-bit bytes. I could equally well talk of "three-digit
bytes" for the "\045" string representations, and it would not make a
byte mean 3 digits. There are no more than 2^8 valid "three-digit
bytes", and there are no more than 2^8 "14-bit bytes".