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Re: strings draft

On Fri, 23 Jan 2004, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:

>Tom Lord <lord@xxxxxxx> writes:
>> Hmm.  Well, an example of what it fails to sidestep is the issue of
>> making the values representable by the C `char' type a subset of CHAR?
>> It's also a fairly sorry approach to take for implementing many
>> network protocols in a way that is simple, direct, "tolerant of what
>> it receives".
>Then what you want is a function ascii->char which maps an ascii value
>to a character.  And name it that, since that's what you mean!
>Nothing then prevents ebcdec->char or utf8->char or whatever else.

Seconded, definitely.  When representation becomes important, it
cannot remain implicit.