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Understandable... I appreciate the directness :)  Just a shame...
guess I'm using Lua more to fill the void Perl left, than as an actual
embedded language for working on objects instead of text, my fault
really... :)


On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 1:01 AM, Jacques Chester <> wrote:
> On 06/02/2010, at 4:52 PM, Majic wrote:
>> I *really* wish Lua strings were not byte-by-byte operated-on.....wish
>> unicode-safe operations were safe in the string "namespace".  Wish
>> that were a GSoC Lua project...never done GSoC, so I don't know how
>> it's done. :(  Oh well, hopefully someone else feels similarly?  Lua
>> is fantastic but does anyone think character arrays cut it?  I think
>> wchar_t is only big enough to fit the character for the current
>> locale...  Would sleep safer at night if it at least supported that.
> I think this question / observation / wish is so commonly
> stated that Lua should output a link to the relevant FAQ
> entry every time you call a function that handles strings.
> But the very short answers are
> 1. You can get seamless unicode support from multiple libraries, and
> 2. Unicode is not included in ANSI C and is therefore outside
> of Lua's stated compatibility target.
> I do not mean to insult you as I once wondered the same thing;
> but within Lua's heritage the decision is perfectly logical.
> Cheers,
> JC.