[Haskell-cafe] Converting [Word8] to String

Wolfgang Jeltsch wolfgang at jeltsch.net
Tue Oct 4 05:04:59 EDT 2005


Am Sonntag, 2. Oktober 2005 12:52 schrieb Joel Reymont:
> Folks,
>
> How do I convert a list of bytes to a string?
>
> Cale has suggested a neat way of parsing binary packets in this thread:
>
> http://www.mail-archive.com/[email protected]/msg09413.html
>
> and I'm trying to create a packet reader for a Pascal-style string
> where the length is the first byte and the list of characters follows.

You seem to think that one byte has to correspond to one character but this 
isn't the case in certain character encodings.  In addition, even if one byte 
corresponds to one character, a byte b doesn't necessarily denote a 
character c with ord c == b.  One has to take the encoding into account.

> [...]

Best wishes,
Wolfgang


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