[erlang-questions] The importance of Basic Unicode Understanding in Erlang

Steve Davis <>
Tue Sep 27 20:54:10 CEST 2011

Have said it before, will say it again. "Strings" are a really bad way
of thinking about text. Not just in erlang but in any language/
platform. This is because the encoding is almost universally handled
implicitly (but differently). As long as that implicit data remains
consistent the problem with not being able to derive the character set
encoding remains largely hidden - and so we sweep it under the carpet
and bemoan the inconsistencies resulting as being the result of using
a platform or language. But obviously, it isn't, as the issue is
pandemic and deeply ingrained.


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