[webkit-dev] Proposal: Use ICU in WebKit code

Geoffrey Garen ggaren at apple.com
Sun Oct 6 12:08:56 PDT 2013

> There is an issue with ICU: it uses UTF16 as its internal representation, while most of the Web nowadays is UTF8. Therefore, page text goes through unnecessary encoding conversion, and takes more memory than in UTF8 (for most of languages). So it might be not a good development direction to tie up WebKit to ICU.

Is there a benchmark or website that can verify these claims?


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