[erlang-questions] String encoding and character set

Robert Virding <>
Wed Jan 17 00:33:14 CET 2007

We do actually, in fact we have something much much better, a list. 
Using a list you don't have to worry about encodings but can use the 
unicode value directly in the string/list. This makes all processing 
much easier. Then when you are done you can convert it to what ever 
encoding you want.

I don't really understand why anyone would want to process data in an 
unnecessarily complex format instead of a simple one.


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.

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