Unicode is not "everywhere"...

Dar Scott Consulting dsc at swcp.com
Thu Aug 22 20:36:59 EDT 2019

You can't have it both ways.

Either shell() only characters of the broadest character set, Unicode, or it returns binary. If it returns characters, then it will not work for binary responses; that will have to be documented as excluded.

If Unicode is returned then textDecode is not needed and even should not be used.

> On Aug 22, 2019, at 2:08 PM, Richard Gaskin via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> Dar Scott wrote:
> > If the result of shell() is run through textDecode, should then
> > shell() return binary data? This puts it outside the scope of
> > "everywhere". I like the idea, as long as simple ASCII characters
> > work transparently.
> Isn't that the goal of UTF-8, which is why so many programming languages uses it as the default?
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> Richard Gaskin
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