Hi,

In message "Re: The face of Unicode support in the future"
    on Fri, 7 Jan 2005 23:06:45 +0900, Austin Ziegler <halostatue / gmail.com> writes:

|It would be useful to have a handy way of getting the codepoint for
|the characters:
|
|  "a".codepoint_at(0) returns 97

Something like String#explode will be provided, e.g.

  "abc".explode => [97, 98, 99]

The name might be changed.

|Similarly, there are times when I simply want a raw string -- I use
|Strings from time to time for images; can we ensure that there's a
|"raw" encoding where:
|
|  x = "abc"
|  x.encoding = "raw"
|  puts x[0] # 97

The encoding named "binary" will be supplied (but "raw" sounds good
too).  Although x[0] still gives "a".

							matz.