UTF8 Squeak (was Re: New Win32 VM [m17n testers needed])

Andreas Raab andreas.raab at gmx.de
Thu Jun 7 16:26:26 UTC 2007

subbukk wrote:
> On Wednesday 06 June 2007 5:54 pm, Lex Spoon wrote:
>> Yes, it would seem to simplify matters to use UTF-8 consistently for
>> interfacing between the image and the VM.  Instead of the VM picking
>> an encoding and telling the image which one it picked, it could go
>> ahead and convert it to UTF-8.
>> This applies not just to filenames, but every place where text is
>> exchanged between the Smalltalk world and the VM, for example keyboard
>> events and the clipboard.
> This is not an easy job as the assumption of ASCII pervades Squeak.

The Windows VM does exactly that now, and it was pretty straightforward, 
and it works fine. I don't know what you base your comment(s) on; 
certainly not exhaustive experience with Squeak.

   - Andreas

  The only
> system that I am aware of that bit the bullet and went the whole hog is Plan 
> 9. The team got the kernel, library and utilities to work with UTF8 as basic 
> character unit and wrote about experience:
>    http://plan9.bell-labs.com/sys/doc/utf.html
> Is there a kernel image that just contains basic Squeak and VMMaker where one 
> could try building a UTF-8 Squeak? Smaller the better.
> Regards .. Subbu

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