Re: substring()

Subject: Re: substring()
From: "John E. Simpson" <simpson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 14:28:46 -0400
At 10:12 AM 6/4/1999 -0700, Chuck White wrote:
>A stupid question, perhaps, but what's a diactrical? I looked it up in a
>couple of online computer-term dictionaries, but couldn't find it.  Thanks

It's "diacritical" -- typo on Mike K's part. A diacritical is a non-US
ASCII character like "É". In the context of Mike's explanation, I think the
problem is that some [many?] such characters are represented with more than
one byte, so the notion of plucking "a character" out of a string that may
contain mixed character sets becomes a dicey proposition.
John E. Simpson          | It's no disgrace t'be poor, 
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