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Re: need: scm_from_{utf8,latin1}_{string,symbol,keyword}

From: Mike Gran
Subject: Re: need: scm_from_{utf8,latin1}_{string,symbol,keyword}
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2010 09:28:03 -0700 (PDT)

> From: Andy Wingo <address@hidden>


> The solution is to use  functions that specify the locale. We don't have
> those yet, but we do have  the capability to write them
> now. Specifically:
>    scm_from_utf8_string
>   scm_from_utf8_symbol
>    scm_from_utf8_keyword
>   scm_from_latin1_string
>    scm_from_latin1_symbol
>   scm_from_latin1_keyword
> We probably also  need the "n" variants.


> So then we need, I  think:
>   scm_to_utf8_string
>   scm_to_utf16_string
>    scm_to_utf32_string
> We need the "n" variants here too (perhaps  more).

Some of this is already in the bytevectors module, but, 
perhaps not in an easy form for C source code.

It would easy enough to do, but, there is a failure case to 
consider for scm_from_utf8_string.  The C utf8 string could
contain incorrectly encoded data.

You could throw the encoding error, or you could replace the 
bad utf8 with U+FFFD or the question mark.

The bytevector's utf8->string always throws encoding-error.
Maybe that's good enough.

Otherwise, perhaps something like

scm_from_utf8_stringn (str, len, error_or_replace_strategy)

If you didn't mind the overhead of calling the somewhat 
heavyweight scm_{to,from}_stringn, these could be macros
or inline functions that wrap that.


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