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Re: Unicode support in io Forge package

From: Andrew Janke
Subject: Re: Unicode support in io Forge package
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 06:44:09 -0700
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On 10/20/19 6:13 AM, PhilipNienhuis wrote:
mmuetzel wrote
If I correctly understand the last few comments, the problem was (or is?)
that UTF-8 encoded strings weren't displayed correctly on legacy Windows.
But I don't think that the io package should interfere with the encoding
of the strings it reads to work around this.
If this is still an issue (it isn't on Windows 10), it should be resolved

In an earlier post in this thread you wrote something about legacy systems
and releases.
io is to be backwards-compatible to Octave-4.0.0 and 32-bit systems, so we
need to be sure it's still working there.

Support for Windows 7 formally ends January next year but I'd like to keep
io working on Win7 a little longer.

So it sounds like we need to find an authoritative answer for which Octave version had pretty much switched over to UTF-8 internal representations, and wrap all this Unicode conversion stuff inside a ver_less_than() test?

Unless someone knows this offhand, might be kind of hard since Octave didn't used to be formal about discussing how it handled character encodings in chars.


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