[erlang-questions] String encoding and character set

dda <>
Mon Jan 15 00:50:14 CET 2007

String types – at least well-implemented ones – don't just store a
string, but also encoding information. They are/should be geared
towards pain-free manipulation of text data, and by text I mean things
outside ASCII-land. Encodings-aware string manipulation functions
don't function on bytes, but on characters, a quite different notion.
We don't have this in Erlang.


On 1/10/07, Ludovic Coquelle <> wrote:
> Anyway I just don't understand the real advantage of a string data type
> (for me it only means that performance could be better),
> so I don't understand why people complain so much about that.

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