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Ticket UUID: 31d1e19cd93a9f6044a1125fb1e1f080db5bf21b
Title: Support for tagged pointer strings
Status: Open Type: Feature Request
Severity: Important Priority: Medium
Subsystem: Resolution: Open
Last Modified: 2024-05-22 20:13:26
Version Found In: Milestone: 1.2
User Comments:
js added on 2020-09-29 22:04:46:

While support for tagged pointers was merged in [b4039f9a85], they are only being used by OFNumber and OFDate right now. It would be nice to also use them for short OFStrings. This requires a new OFString subclass.

Since most short strings will be ASCII, tagged pointer strings can be limited to ASCII strings, requiring only 7 bit per character. This would allow storing up to 8 characters in a tagged pointer on 64 bit systems (even when increasing the tag size to a full 8 bits) and up to 4 characters on 32 bit systems (but the tag size needs to stay at the current 4 bits).