On 12.09.12 20:02, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> Nguyen Thai Ngoc Duy <pclo...@gmail.com> writes:
>> Ping.. what happens to this patch? Do you want to support other
>> encodings as well via iconv()? I can't test that though.
> I thought I refuted a potential blocker, which was an implied
> objection from Torsten, in $gmane/204912 already. As long as we
> make it clear that your patch helps only "ASCII/UTF-8 only" audience
> but we still "try to be nicer to 'others'" by doing two things I
> said in the message, I think we should proceed without iconv() to
> keep things simple.
Please unblock and proceed (as I can't test other encodings either)
And even special thanks for the excellent lines from Junio,
which explained the update philosophy in git so well,
that I take the freedom to re-post them here:
>> I try to re-phrase my question:
>> Do installations still exist which use e.g. BIG5 or any other
>> multi byte encoding which is not UTF-8?
>> Do we want to support other encodings than ASCII or UTF-8?
>> (Because then the screen width needs to be calculate different, I think)
>That depends on who "we" are and what timeframe you have in mind.
>Do our developers care about these encodings so much that we would
>reject "ASCCI/UTF-8 only" patch and wait until we enhance it to do
>the right thing for other encodings that we do not use ourselves?
>No. That does not make any sense, especially when we know we will
>not have a good test coverage on the additional parts that we will
>not be using ourselves.
>"This change only helps people with ASCII or UTF-8 and does not help
>others" alone is never a valid reason to reject a change, but we
>still try to be nicer to "others" that may come after we leave this
>topic behind by doing a few things:
> - If the change will make things worse than it currently is for
> "others", we would try to minimize the regression for them.
> - If the change will make the code harder to update later to
> enhance with additional change to support "others", we would try
> to anticipate what kind of changes are needed on top, and
> structure the code in such a way that future changes can be made
>For the first point, for multi-byte encodings (e.g. ISO-2022), the
>display columns and byte length do not match and in general byte
>length is longer than the display columns in the current code. With
>the current code that measures the required columns across elements
>by taking the maximum of byte length, they will see wrong number of
>filler, so they are already getting a wrong alignment. With the
>"UTF-8 only" change, the required columns and the filler will be
>calculated by assuming that the string is in UTF-8, which may make
>the computation off in a different way, and if we underestimate the
>display columns for a string, they may see the strings truncated,
>which is bad.
>So as long as gettext_width() punts and returns strlen() for a
>malformed UTF-8, it would be OK [*1*].
>For the second point, I think the API "here is a string, give me the
>number of display columns it will occupy, as I am interested in
>aligning them" is a good abstraction that can be later enhanced to
>other encodings fairly easily, so I do not see a problem in the
>patch that goes in that direction.
>*1* If the patch used utf_strwidth() (which I didn't bother to go
>back and check, though), it should be OK. The underlying
>utf8_width() will reject a malformed UTF-8 sequence and the code
>falls back to strlen().
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