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String Constants

Text enclosed in double quote characters (such as "example") is a string constant. It produces a block of storage whose type is array of char, and whose value is the sequence of characters between the double quotes, with a null character (ASCII code 0) automatically added at the end. All the escape sequences for character constants work here too.

The compiler merges a series of adjacent string constants into a single string constant (before automatically adding a null character at the end). For example, "sample" "text" produces the same single block of storage as "sampletext".

If an EEL file that begins with a UTF-8 signature ("byte order mark"), then the compiler decodes UTF-8 sequences in character and string constants. This method lets you include Unicode characters directly instead of using escape sequences. If a file does not begin with a UTF-8 signature, the compiler interprets bytes literally.



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