Re: A Great Idea (tm) about reimplementing NLS.

From: Måns Rullgård
Date: Thu Jun 16 2005 - 05:40:44 EST

Patrick McFarland <pmcfarland@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Wednesday 15 June 2005 07:34 pm, Lukasz Stelmach wrote:
>> That's why UTF-8 is suggested. UTF-8 has been developed to "fool" the
>> software that need not to be aware of unicodeness of the text it manages
>> to handle it without any hickups *and* to store in the text information
>> about multibyte characters.What characters exactly you do mean? NULL?
>> There is no NULL byte in any UTF-8 string except the one which
>> terminates it.
> Bingo. Only the operating system itself and software displaying
> filenames needs to understand Unicode; the file system
> implementation itself just knows its a string of bytes and nothing
> else.

Not even the OS needs to know what the bytes mean. Only applications
displaying the names have reason to interpret the bytes they are
composed of in any specific manner.

Måns Rullgård

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