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wide characters in perl ncurses wrapper

From: Martin von Gagern
Subject: wide characters in perl ncurses wrapper
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2007 08:49:31 +0200
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This is not exactly a bug, more a list question.
Why are there two versions of the library, ncurses and ncursesw?
Is there any reason not to link against ncursesw?
What makes them binary incompatible while staying source compatible?

The other day I encountered problems with the perl wrapper around
ncurses, being because that only uses ncurses, not ncursesw. I filed a
report about it: http://rt.cpan.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=27335
Now the Perl Curses dev states that there being two libraries was an
indication that ncursesw should not be used by default. Do you agree?

It would be great if you could help clarify the matter. UTF-8 locales
are gaining ground, and having a UTF-8 capable wrapper for curses seems
important to me. It would be nice if this could become the default.

 Martin von Gagern

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