From: Jim Allan (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Feb 06 2003 - 15:19:30 EST
Doug Ewell posted:
> The use of NULL to terminate strings is a basic part of the Standard C
> library, not just certain APIs. As such, it doesn't seem right to call
> this a "misuse" of the character.
But ISO 646, in defining ASCII, states as the defintion of the control
"A control character used to accomplish media-fill or time-fill. Null
characters may be inserted into or removed from a stream of data without
affecting the information content of that stream. But then the addition
or removal of these characters may affect the information layout and/or
the control of equipment."
Its basic use was for block filling and on text terminals for filling
screen memory before use. The definition also allowed for unpunched
areas on punched tape to be ignored.
The use of NULL in C and Unix as a string terminator is certainly a
misuse of the NULL character as orginally defined.
It amuses me to think of this, and also the use in C of LF only for what
in ISO 646 would require the use of CR + LF, when Unix people sometimes
rant about Microsoft and Macintosh computers not properly following
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