Subject: Re: unicode From: Erik Naggum <email@example.com> Date: 2000/06/21 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> * Marco Antoniotti <email@example.com> | Well, Bruno mentioned CHAR-WIDTH and STRING-WIDTH. From the names, I guess these are relics of coding systems. If you think you need to work with coding systems, you are mistaken. If you still think you need to work with coding systems, measuring the width of characters in bytes is wrong. | He also mentioned the treatment of :EXTERNAL-FORMAT. The various external-formats you will need in the complex world of universal character sets are not covered by the standard. Nor should they. There are, however, several conflicting attempts to enumerate them outside of the Lisp world, and it is not necessarily useful to standardize on one of those. | Does ACL have these functions? I hope to <deity> that there won't be any char-width or similar cruftitude in Allegro 6.0. If anything, we should have learned from the Great Emacs Experience that exposing coding systems internals to users is Just Plain Wrong. #:Erik -- If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.