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To: moleary@primus.com
Subject: Re: Flex / Unicode compatibility question
In-reply-to: Your message of Tue, 22 Oct 1996 10:15:42 PDT.
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 1996 11:06:13 PDT
From: Vern Paxson <vern>

Unfortunately flex at the moment has a widespread assumption within it
that characters are processed 8 bits at a time.  I don't see any easy
fix for this (other than writing your rules in terms of double characters -
a pain).  I also don't know of a wider lex, though you might try surfing
the Plan 9 stuff because I know it's a Unicode system, and also the PCCT
toolkit (try searching say Alta Vista for "Purdue Compiler Construction
Toolkit").

Fixing flex to handle wider characters is on the long-term to-do list.
But since flex is a strictly spare-time project these days, this probably
won't happen for quite a while, unless someone else does it first.

		Vern

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