Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Thu Mar 9 13:06:22 EST 2017

Mark Waddingham wrote:

 > On 9 Mar 2017, at 02:37, Richard Gaskin wrote:
 >> the len() function returns a character count, but with Unicode this
 >> may be very different than the byte size.
 >> Do we have a size() or byteLen() function?
 > No, there is no such function as the byte length is a property of
 > text which has been encoded with a specific encoding, not text in
 > general.
 > the number of bytes in textEncode(tText, kEncoding)
 > Should give you what you need.

Thanks. I don't mind the verbosity, but I could use some clarity:

There's been talk of LC using UTF-16 internally, but when I do this:

on mouseUp
    put "Hello" into s
    put the number of bytes of s
end mouseUp

...I get "5".

When does LC use UTF-16, and when it's not UTF-16 is it still ISO-8959-1 
or UTF-8?

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
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