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From: James Talbut (James.Talbut_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-01-28 07:10:17


> Jens Seidel wrote
> There is simple no need for wchar_t on Linux. If you use a
> classical encoding in your filesystem it is a 8bit one
> (except you use a Asian language such as Japanese). All
> modern distributions switched already to UTF-8 as default
> encoding and for this you don't need wchar_t as well. Use
> ordinary char* streams for this ...
> Remember that you know for UTF-8 always where the current
> character stops if you just have a pointer to an arbritary
> byte (in the middle of a multi-byte character). It's also
> useless to group bytes pairwise as a valid UTF-8 character
> can consist of more than two bytes. char* is really sufficent.

wchar_t is required on Windows, if Linux doesn't support it fully cross
platform work is complicated.


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