[PD] request for objections: any2string -> unsigned char

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Mon Jan 19 05:39:09 CET 2009

On Jan 17, 2009, at 5:37 AM, Bryan Jurish wrote:

> morning all,
> On 2009-01-15 22:51:14, Hans-Christoph Steiner <hans at eds.org>  
> appears to
> have written:
>> As for the simple question of unsigned versus signed for  
>> any2string, I
>> have never heard of using negative values for chars, so it makes  
>> perfect
>> sense to me to use 0-255.  That'll will give at least the full latin
>> charset.
> OK.  I guess I'll make unsigned values the default for [any2string]
> then, postponing the issue of name change to [any2bytes] rsp.
> [bytes2any] to a hypothetical future in which the "string" suffix
> implies unicode or other non-byte-oriented representation.

Well, C considers a collection of 0-127 values a string.  I think most  
programming languages would call an collection of 8-bit ASCII bytes a  
string.  I think "string" makes more sense than "bytes" here.


> marmosets,
> 	Bryan
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