Full Unicode strings strawman

Boris Zbarsky bzbarsky at MIT.EDU
Tue May 17 10:37:45 PDT 2011

On 5/17/11 1:27 PM, Brendan Eich wrote:
> On May 17, 2011, at 10:22 AM, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
>> Yes.  And right now that's how it works and actual JS authors typically don't have to worry about encoding issues.  I don't agree with Allen's claim that "in the long run JS in the browser is going to have to be able to deal with arbitrary encodings".  Having the _capability_ might be nice, but forcing all web authors to think about it seems like a non-starter.
> Allen said "be able to", not "forcing". Big difference. I think we three at least are in agreement here.

I think we're in agreement on the sentiment, but perhaps not on where on 
the "able to" to "forcing" spectrum this strawman falls.

>> See, this is the part I don't follow.  What do you mean by "full Unicode" and how do you envision it flowing?
> I mean UTF-16 flowing through, but as you say that happens now -- but (I reply) only if JS doesn't mess with things in a UCS-2 way (indexing 16-bits at a time, ignoring surrogates). And JS code does generally assume 16 bits are enough.
> With Allen's proposal we'll finally have some new APIs for JS developers to use.

That doesn't answer my questions....


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