The 'T' is tough to figure out

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/10/18 01:50 -04:00, original URI:

Amazing the arguments people can have in the comments of blog posts, isn't it?

I was reminded of this earlier today in looking at the comments from Raymond's post What does the letter "T" in LPTSTR stand for?

The thing I love to keep in mind is that, since everyone ought to be using Unicode, the whole T meaning is very simple. It means W.

Oh, that reminds me of a post from here that spurred a huge conversation that W does not look like a double U, it looks like a double V.

So I guess T means W which actually means VV. Which still kind of looks like a much bigger W. Like a fullwidth oir wide W (U+ff37).

And of course V and VV don't really mean anything.

Now Dave thought it should have been W/N instead of W/A, But of course SQL and especially SQL Server's use of the N prefix would make thst even more confusing/

As an alternative, he thought that U/A might make sense, and U guess I could understand the desire to avoid mixing metaphors here (narrow/wide or Unicode/ANSI) make a lot more sense than any of these mixup plans.

And of course there is using the L prefix in C/C++ for Unicode or the N prefix in SQL Server.

I could get into the C# use of the @ prefix and more. But it is time to concede the argument. This is not simple, at all.... :-)


This post brought to you by (U+ff34, a.k.a. FULLWIDTH LATIN CAPITAL LETTER T)

BryanK on 18 Oct 2006 8:18 AM:

Ah, but "U" might possibly conflict with the "unsigned" suffix in C for constant numbers (i.e. 0x80000000UL).


Michael S. Kaplan on 18 Oct 2006 12:36 PM:

Even the simplest of parsers can tell a prefix from a suffix. :-)

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