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Matlab-compatible string class

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Matlab-compatible string class
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2017 17:47:50 -0500
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With this change:


we are beginning to handle the existence of the Matlab string class that is now created in Matlab when double quoted strings are used. I expect that it will not be too long before users will expect full compatibility in this area. But I'm not sure how we will transition from Octave's current behavior for double-quoted string constants to the one now used by Matlab. For example, in Octave "foo\n" is a 4-element character array containing 'f', 'o', 'o', and a linefeed character. In Matlab it is a string object, but it also contains 5 characters, 'f', 'o', 'o', '\', and 'n'. I'm sure there are other differences, but this is sure to cause some trouble. I don't see a smooth transition path. Does anyone have any ideas about what to do?


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