On Wed, 5 May 1999, G. Adam Stanislav wrote:
> > We built a new API because we wanted to represent all the categories
> > of Unicode, which are a much richer set than the Posix ones.
> > See the file THEORY in my implementation.
> Agreed, the Posix set is incomplete. That is why I like the idea of the
> front end. It offers each programmer a choice of being restricted to Posix
> or of taken advantage of your more complete API.
Devil's advocate here...the standard ctype API includes a
mechanism for extensions. I'm not saying that it is good and/or
convenient, but in the interest of completeness it might be wise
to provide extensions using that mechanism either on top,
underneath or beside a nicer API. (FreeBSD already implements
the posix stuff on top of the "rune" API which the authors claim
is more elegant.)
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