Re: What does it mean to "not be a valid string in Unicode"?

From: Stephan Stiller <>
Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:43:14 -0800

>> Things like this are called "garbage in, garbage-out" (GIGO). It may be
>> harmless, or it may hurt you later.
> So in this kind of a case, what we are actually dealing with is: garbage in, principled, correct results out. ;-)

Wouldn't the clean way be to ensure valid strings (only) when they're
built and then make sure that string algorithms (only) preserve
well-formedness of input?

Perhaps this is how the system grew, but it seems to be that it's
     yet another legacy of C pointer arithmetic and
     about convenience of implementation
rather than a
     safety or

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