robert at typo3.org
Wed Nov 8 10:38:00 CET 2006
after getting more into the details of PHP6 and hearing a talk about the
Unicode features at the PHPconference Karsten and I discussed if it
makes sense to a) let TYPO3 5.0 base on PHP6 and b) use UTF-16 everywhere.
Well, the preview release of PHP6 is planned for end of this year
already and it comes with many features we don't want to miss
(especially the Unicode features - we dont' want to rewrite all our
scripts in a year from now, do we?). If you don't know about them yet, I
recommend reading the slides of Derrick .
And choosing UTF-16? PHP6 works with UTF-16 internally. That means every
other character set must and will be converted by PHP - which takes
additional time. It is therefore recommended to use UTF-16 for your data
The question now is - should we store our PHP files as UTF-16 as well?
That would make sense, because of speed and consistancy (TYPO3 5.0 =
everything UTF-16) on the other hand it could cause problems if people
use badly configured editors.
We can use UTF-8 for our files, no problem - we just have to start our
files like that:
declare(encoding = 'utf-8');
However, PHP will then have to convert the file.
What do you think? Use PHP6? Use UTF-16 for the PHP files or UTF-8?
Greetings from the PHP conference (nerding lounge),
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