On October 8, 2018 19:45:35 Tom Honermann <tom@honermann.net> wrote:

It would be interesting to get more perspective on how and why ICU evolved like it did.  What was the motivation for ICU to switch to char16_t?  Were the anticipated benefits realized despite the perhaps unanticipated complexities?  

I believe it was mentioned during the last meeting that this was specifically to support u"..." string literals. I could be wrong though.