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   Re: [xml-dev] ANN: Gorille 0.3

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A lot of the SVr4 ABIs (say, SPARC) define this.

It was evidently a political battle between 32 and 16,
and the compromise was 32 ... with the expectation
(on the part of the cavers-in :) that making wchar_t be
so big would push most developers to use the more
efficient multibyte character APIs, like mbsrtowc(3),
which already force developers to understand that
characters are variable numbers of "units" in length.

- Dave

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Bray" <tbray@textuality.com>
Cc: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 11:51 AM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] ANN: Gorille 0.3

> > Simon St.Laurent writes:
> >  > Just in curiosity, what languages support 32-bit characters?  (I tend to
> >  > live in Java and various scripting languages.)
> On many (most?) unix boxes, wchar_t is 32 bits. -Tim


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