What is LC's internal text format?

Ben Rubinstein benr_mc at cogapp.com
Tue Nov 13 15:54:26 EST 2018

For the avoidance of doubt, all my outrage is faux outrage.
Public life on both sides of the Atlantic (and around the world) has 
completely exhausted capacity for real outrage.

Come back Geoff!


On 13/11/2018 17:29, Mark Waddingham via use-livecode wrote:
> On 2018-11-13 18:21, Geoff Canyon via use-livecode wrote:
>> Nothing I said in this thread has anything to do with optimizing the
>> allOffsets routines; I only used examples from that discussion because they
>> illustrate my puzzlement on the exact topic you (in general) raised: how
>> data types are handled by the engine. I'd generalize the responses, to say
>> that it seems how the engine stores data and how it presents that data are
>> not identical in all cases.
> The best way to think about it is that the engine stores data pretty much in 
> the form it is presented with it; however, what script sees of data is in the 
> form it requests. In particular, if data has been through some operation, or 
> mutated, then there is a good change it won't be in the same form it was before.
> e.g. put tVar + 1 into tVar
> Here tVar could start off as a string, but would end up as a number by virtue 
> of the fact you've performed an arithmetic operation on it.
>> The above notwithstanding: sorry I outraged you; I'll exit this thread.
> Obviously I'm not Ben, but I *think* it was 'faux outrage' (well I hope it was 
> - hence my jocular comment about herding cats!) - so I don't think there's a 
> reason to exit...
> Warmest Regards,
> Mark.

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