Hi,

In message "Re: The face of Unicode support in the future"
    on Wed, 12 Jan 2005 16:23:30 +0900, Brent Roman <brent / mbari.org> writes:

|When a string's encoding is UTF-8, will it be represented
|internally as an array of bytes (as v1.6/v1.8 Strings are)?

Yes.  Nothing will change in string object format, except for an
encoding field.

|Will strings having different encodings be instances of
|the same string class?

Yes.  They are all instances of same String class.

							matz.