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- Subject: Re: [ANN] Winapi - a minimal but useful Windows API binding
- From: David Given <dg@...>
- Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:11:15 +0100
Javier Guerra Giraldez wrote:
> i find hard to believe that "if you're too lazy to use UTF-8 then be
> happy with pure ASCII" is not an acceptable requirement for developers
> on this day and age.
I don't know about codepages, but a lot of stuff I've worked on ---
Windows, various mobile devices, Java --- speak UTF-16 almost
exclusively. Well, when they don't get it wrong and speak UCS-2 instead,
with Hilarious Results if anyone tries to use non-BMP code points.
What, bitter? Me?
> and, of course the easiest (and most flexible) solution is to still
> accept only UTF-8 but providing a handy cp2utf8() conversion function.
> preferably on a separate package.
iconv is your friend, here; it's got a very easy-to-use API, and there's
a front end command that makes it trivial to write Very Small Shell
Scripts that wrap your program and preprocess the input. See:
Or even a Very Small Shell Script that runs the input through iconv.
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