[Haskell-cafe] unicode text libraries

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at googlemail.com
Mon Sep 28 11:48:59 EDT 2009

On Mon, 2009-09-28 at 14:16 +0100, Titto Assini wrote:
> Hi,
> I am looking for an unicode strings  library, I found on hackage:
> http://hackage.haskell.org/package/compact-string
> http://hackage.haskell.org/package/text
> They both look solid and functionally complete so ... I don't know which
> one to use :-)
> As I am sure I am not the first one facing this choice, may I ask
> which one you preferred and why?

I would use the text package because in my opinion it has a better API.
It is the hope of several of us that the text package will become the
standard Unicode counterpart to ByteString and be included in the


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