[PD-dev] float handling in [binfile] for UTF-8 handling

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at at.or.at
Tue Jan 31 00:52:59 CET 2012

On Jan 30, 2012, at 6:36 PM, Martin Peach wrote:

> On 2012-01-30 17:45, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>> The current pdstring format of lists of bytes seems to be working out pretty well.  I just had a thought, it would be nice to be able to write Unicode text out as UTF-8 files using [binfile].  I think currently it only accepts byte values of 0-255.  What if it converted values>  255 in the UTF-8 style?  Or should that be a separate [utf8file]?  I suppose the advantage of [utf8file] would be to make an easy conversion to [utf16file] and [utf32file].
> [binfile] can work with any kind of file. It seems simpler to have filters that could convert between lists of bytes and lists of utf character codes, the way [slipenc] and [slipdec] will operate on any stream of bytes. Then they wouldn't be tied to [binfile], and binfile wouldn't get all bloated with obscure variations.
> Martin

That does make more sense, so something like [bytes2utf8], etc.



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