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Dave Mitchell
February 7, 2007 04:13
Re: Future Perl development
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On Wed, Feb 07, 2007 at 10:44:55AM +0100, demerphq wrote:
> I mean heck, utf8 was a kudge worked out on a napkin to make it
> possible to store unicode filenames in a unix style filesystem. (utf8
> has the property that no encoding of a high codepoint contains any
> special character used by a unix filesystem)

That's a bit of a misrepresentation!

UTF8 has very little to do with storing UNIX filenames, and everything
to do with working under traditional C string handling, where a zero byte
is the string terminator, and that degrades gracefully in an environment
that is not Unicode aware and where the majority of the characters are
ASCII or Latin-1.

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