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Re: PDD 2, vtables

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Jarkko Hietaniemi
February 8, 2001 19:55
Re: PDD 2, vtables
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> > I didn't put UTF-8 in on purpose, because I'd just as soon not deal with it 
> > internally. Variable length character data's a pain in the butt, and if we 
> > can avoid having the internals deal with it except as a source that gets 
> > converted to UTF-32, that's fine with me.
> I agree with Branden that a default 4x memory bloat would not be popular.
> > The native and foreign string data types were an attempt to accommodate 
> > UTF-8, as well as ASCII and EBCDIC character data. One of the three will 
> > likely be the native type, and the rest will be foreign strings. I'm not 
> > sure if perl should have only one foreign string type, or if we should have 
> > a type tag along with the other bits for strings.
> Umm, one way or another I suspect UTF-8 will be in there.

I suspect so too but very grudgingly.  As Dan said dealing with
variable length data is a major pain.  UTF-8 is certainly a much
better designed VLD than most but it's still a pain.

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