[Openmcl-devel] Plans for Unicode support within OpenMCL?

James Anderson janderson at ravenpack.com
Tue Mar 21 05:11:47 PST 2006

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Takehiko Abe [mailto:keke at gol.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 13.19
> To: James Anderson; openmcl-devel at clozure.com
> Subject: Re: [Openmcl-devel] Plans for Unicode support within OpenMCL?
> James Anderson wrote:
> > aha! interesting to hear. that means you have been satisfied with
> > apple's utf-16 encoding
> well... No, I'm not particularly satisfied with UTF-16 -- I mean
> I am not satisfied with Unicode. For instance, I don't like its
> combining characters. Lots of experts spent great amount of time on
> it, so I guess combining char is really necessary for Unicode.
> But I still don't like it. And supporting Unicode means that you
> suddenly need to care about the languagess you don't really care.
> > and never really missed "knowing" where anything specific is in
> > the string?
> What do you mean by "anything specific" and "apple's utf-16"?
> Are you talking about CFString?  (I do not like it.)

yes, i had understood apple's CFString to be utf-16 encoded unicode.
which means that character position and byte position in such a string do not
and things like subseq and char in lisp cannot treat such unicode strings as
sequences with elements of uniform size. all known problems.

i taken your response to mean that you have been writing apps under those
conditions found a way to cope.

> T.

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