Re: Zero termination

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Mon Jun 29 2009 - 21:39:40 CDT

Asmus Freytag <asmusf at ix dot netcom dot com> wrote:

> Creating random data with U+FFFF in them, hoping other systems will
> treat them as terminators goes against the idea that U+FFFF as a
> non-character is not part of interchanged data. U+FFFF is definitely
> never plain text.

If I were creating a string-handling system from scratch, and wanted to
assign a string-terminator character for whatever reason, it would be a
challenge for me not to pick U+009C STRING TERMINATOR. Yes, I know
character names aren't always the best guides, and in particular ECMA-48
defines a very specific sort of string which U+009C is supposed to
terminate. But still.

Doug Ewell  *  Thornton, Colorado, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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