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Re: Unibyte characters, strings, and buffers

From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: Re: Unibyte characters, strings, and buffers
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:25:39 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:

> I don't think it gets much more transparent than "unibyte flag only
> marks the valid Unicode-in-Emacs character range".  I'm for the range
> 0..255, Andreas for something like 0..127 U 4194176..4194303 which
> IĀ find cumbersome for little return.

Before decoding there is no charset information yet, so using anything
other than the eight-bit charset would be wrong.  After decoding, the
eight-bit charset is used only for undecodable bytes.  That preserves
the distinction between encoded and decoded strings/buffers (except for
the uninteresting trivial ASCII decoding) in a world without unibyte


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