[Mono-dev] [Dotnet-runtime-dev] ASCII Strings Proposal

Miguel de Icaza miguel.de.icaza at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 14:08:46 UTC 2016

> > > For historical reasons, System.String uses the UCS-2 character
> encoding,
> > that is, UTF-16 without surrogate pairs.
> >
> > > However, most strings in typical .NET applications consist solely of
> > characters, leading to wasted space: half of the bytes in a string are
> likely to
> > be null bytes!
> What's wrong with UTF-8?

Nothing is wrong, but in .NET we surface a string indexer, and it has
constant time properties.

UTF-8 needs to be parsed to be indexed, while neither ascii, nor the
UTF-16/surrogate-pair encoding (what .NET uses) has this.

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