On Tuesday, 6 March 2018 at 18:17:58 UTC, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
I'm not actually convinced that killing auto-decoding is really much better.

I don't think the problem is auto-decoding in string range adapters, but repeated validation.
If you know that sth. works on code units just use .representation.

There is the related annoyance when the user of a function presumably knows to only deal with ASCII strings but algorithms fail, e.g. splitter.popBack or binary search. This one is tricky because broken unicode support is often rooted in ignoring it's existence.

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