From: Miro Jurisic (macdev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-04-14 00:07:43
In article <87llkz47tz.fsf_at_[hidden]>, Jeremy Maitin-Shepard <jbms_at_[hidden]>
> What I am saying is that operations such as "convert to uppercase" on Unicode
> strings are locale-independent, and thus such operations need not and should
> not be part of the locale interface.
To clarify even further, Unicode incorporates some concepts that have
traditionally been swept under the locale rug; string encodings and character
properties fall in that category. Unicode does not completely replace locale
facilities, of course, as it only deals with strings, and not with all other
Furthermore, the locale abstraction is not always compatible with the Unicode
abstraction; this is primarily because the locale abstraction defines characters
as fixed-size entities and treats many transformations, such as case change, as
1-1 mappings, whereas Unicode uses a more general definition that works in more
languages and locales.
As a result, just because Unicode and locales both deal with some of the same
concepts, that doesn't mean their treatment is compatible.
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