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Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:03:46 +0100
From: Jens Gustedt <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] implement a private state for the uchar.h

Am Dienstag, den 11.11.2014, 09:39 -0500 schrieb Rich Felker:
> On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 02:53:02PM +0100, Jens Gustedt wrote:
> >  - having a standard way to specify unicode characters inside a string
> >    of any kind through \u and \U is really a great achievement
> Yes and no. I don't think anyone really wants to use these. They're
> unreadable except when used extremely sparingly, and embedding natural
> language text in source is widely frowned upon anyway which limits the
> usefulness. But it is nice to at least have a way if/when you need it.


Unicode is not only for natural language scripts, but also graphics,
mathematics, IPA, other technical stuff and smilies ☺

So for these usages this might come handy.

> >  - introducing a u8 prefix for strings that guarantees utf8 encoding
> >    for mbs sounds nice. But then there is nothing that relates these
> >    to "normal" string literals. What are we supposed to do with these?
> Process them with your own code,

at some point I thought the C library was there to provide the basics
for interacting with the environment, probably much too naive :)

> or just pass them to external
> interfaces that expect UTF-8 (e.g. filesystem structures, network
> protocols, etc.).

right, good point


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