[erlang-questions] cookbook entry #1 - unicode/UTF-8 strings

Vlad Dumitrescu <>
Fri Oct 21 12:47:58 CEST 2011


On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 12:29, Angel J. Alvarez Miguel <> wrote:
> Yes I know that string functions doesnt play well with unicode string. Yet
> last year didnt work even simple printing via io: functions...

I wanted to make that statement explicit so that nobody gets to think
that UTF-8 is really supported. It is like someone said before, a
matter of luck: some things work, some things don't.

I am getting a lot of requests, especially from Chinese users, to
provide support for UTF-8 encoded source files in Eclipse. We can't
provide more than a "best effort" solution, just because the different
tools handle differently other encodings than Latin-1. Interfacing
that with Java is another can of worms, adding another layer of
pleasantness.

best regards,
Vlad



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