[MacRuby-devel] Strings, Encodings and IO
manfred at gmail.com
Wed Apr 8 00:25:15 PDT 2009
On Apr 8, 2009, at 7:23 AM, Benjamin Stiglitz wrote:
> When doing force_encoding, convert to a ByteString in the old
> encoding, then try to convert to an NSString in the new encoding. If
> we succeed, great. If not, leave as a tagged ByteString (and
> probably whine about it).
That's actually wrong. All force_encoding does is change the encoding
attribute of the string, it shouldn't change the internal encoding of
the bytes. The encoding attribute is basically a switch to describe
which set of string methods should be used on the bytes.
For more information see: http://blog.grayproductions.net/articles/ruby_19s_string
We're in the same hypothetical HTTP library as before, and this
library author has decided to
_always_ force encoding to Shift JIS because he hates humanity:
response = HTTP.get('http://example.com')
response.body.encoding #=> Encoding::Shift_JIS
If MacRuby internally forces the body encoding to Shift JIS
information might get lost. So when
someone decides to make it right afterwards:
encoding = response.header['Content-
encoding #=> 'utf-8'
They might get into trouble here:
Encoding.compatible?(Encoding::Shift_JIS, Encoding::UTF_8) #=> nil
I think the best course of action is to expand String specs in
RubySpec for 1.9, after that anyone can freely hack away at a most
optimal solution without fear of incompatibility. Reading those specs
is also likely to give an idea for the most elegant solution.
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