[Haskell-cafe] Sugestion for a basic Utf8 type.
briqueabraque at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 2 07:42:47 EST 2008
I would like to sugest a new basic type in Haskell. What if we had
something like this (with any other quoting character):
«Je ne parle pas français. Meu nome é Maurício. ¿Hablas español?»
This would be of type Utf8. I think now it is not a bad idea,
since Haskell source code is supposed to be utf-8. The internal
representation of this datatype would be a null terminated utf-8
byte vector. No standard operations would be defined on that type,
i.e., it would be a “communication standard” between everybody,
but module writers could develop different basic usage based on
operations on them using Foreign. (I think it would be dificult
to set default operations, since there are so many things you can
do with utf-8.)
* There would be no doubt you can use utf-8 when using
this, since there's no conversion involved.
* Cleaner code on utf8 operations, maybe. There are many utf8
modules today with different goals in mind, I thing it would be
nice if they could share this common basic type and a common
* Probably, many. I have no deep understanding of Haskell.
Thanks for your attention,
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