Haskell Platform Proposal: add the 'text' library

Bryan O'Sullivan bos at serpentine.com
Tue Sep 7 21:29:57 EDT 2010

On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 2:06 PM, Krasimir Angelov <kr.angelov at gmail.com>wrote:

> I see that the text package provides its own encoding/decoding
> functions. This overlaps with the Unicode API offered from the base
> package.

It doesn't really. As you note, the stuff in base is all tied to I/O on
Handles, whereas the functions in the text package are pure.

> The API in base is oriented towards encoding/decoding of text
> when doing file IO but definitely the conversion utils should be
> reused.

Unfortunately, that's not possible, as it would break backwards
compatibility with 6.10, which some industrial users still need.
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