From: Karl Nelson (kenelson_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-01-30 18:39:02
Okay, given the wide ranging discussion on formatting, I have
resubmitted my original format operator. (Thus placing the
code where my mouth is.)
It is a KISS design, it supports no functions beyond that
of streams other than truncation. It avoids feature creep.
If you want latex in C++ don't look here!
It uses open group printf format but can potentially
have an expanded format. It is not 100% printf compatible
because of course some features in printf have no corresponding
match in C++ streams. It has been improved (from my original)
to use wide charactors and traits.
Because most people have no liked use of an operator like << and %,
I have switched to a printf style for up to 9 arguments. Ie.
cout << format("%s, %s %d, %d:%.2d\n", weekday, month, day, hour, min);
And of course arbitrary numbers
cout << format("%s, %s %d, %d:%.2d\n")(weekday)(month)(day)(hour)(min);
It supports reordering... (for German translation say)
cout << format( "%1$s, %3$d. %2$s, %4$d:%5$.2d\n",
weekday, month, day, hour, min);
Documentation to be added after initial feedback.
test_format.cc demonstrates all of its basic use.
Some preformance improvements yet to come.
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