Issue #9111 has been updated by Hanmac (Hans Mackowiak).


i found the wikipedia source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combining_character
its not about treating "^a" or "a^" the same as "รข" but there is a way to clue the chars together

i think thats also a reason for http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/String.html#method-i-mb_chars ?
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Feature #9111: Encoding-free String comparison
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/9111#change-42961

Author: sawa (Tsuyoshi Sawada)
Status: Open
Priority: Normal
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Target version: 


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Currently, strings with the same content but with different encodings count as different strings. This causes strange behaviour as below (noted in StackOverflow question http://stackoverflow.com/questions/19977788/strange-behavior-in-packed-ruby-strings#19978206):

    [128].pack("C")             # => "\x80"
    [128].pack("C") == "\x80"   # => false

Since `[128].pack("C")` has the encoding ASCII-8BIT and `"\x80"` (by default) has the encoding UTF-8, the two strings are not equal.

Also, comparison of strings with different encodings may end up with a messy, unintended result.

I suggest that the comparison `String#<=>` should not be based on the respective encoding of the strings, but all the strings should be internally converted to UTF-8 for the purpose of comparison.


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