[Haskell-cafe] The Nature of Char and String

David Roundy droundy at abridgegame.org
Mon Jan 31 08:08:27 EST 2005

On Sun, Jan 30, 2005 at 07:58:50PM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 30, 2005 at 07:39:59PM +0000, Ben Rudiak-Gould wrote:
> > > * If I use hPutStr on a string, is it guaranteed that the number of
> > >   8-bit bytes written equals (length stringWritten)?
> > 
> > Yes, if the handle is opened in binary mode. No if not.
> Thank you for the informative response.
> If a file is opened in text mode, what encoding does Haskell grok on
> input?  And what encoding does it generate on output?  I'm assuming
> it's UTF-8 on output, but I don't know for sure.

I don't think so, it still just treats the Char as an eight bit C
character, the only difference is that if it's opened as text on windows,
your newlines get mangled.  (...or treated properly, depending on your
David Roundy

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