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Per Bothner wrote: > Random accesses to a position in a string that has not > been previously accessed is not in itself useful. Another use case, archaic as it may seem, is still important: processing fixed-length fields in text files.
Such applications are probably not using Unicode ... In Unicode-land, the concept is pretty meaningless: are you talking about (1) a fixed display width (number of columns) - if so the numbers of "characters" (or bytes") is unrelated to the display width; or(2) a fixed number of bytes in a file - if so immediately fire anybody who writes any new applications doing this! (And "legacy" applications
will not support Unicode.) -- --Per Bothner per@xxxxxxxxxxx http://per.bothner.com/