[erlang-questions] String encoding and character set

Ludovic Coquelle <>
Mon Jan 15 02:44:44 CET 2007


Thanks, this simple remark just help me to understand what is meant by
"string type"!

On 1/15/07, dda <> wrote:
>
> 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.
>
> --
> dda
>
> 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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