From: Gennaro Prota (gennaro_prota_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-07-23 16:28:37
On Tue, 23 Jul 2002 20:31:02 +0200, Terje Slettebø
>>From: "Gennaro Prota" <gennaro_prota_at_[hidden]>
>Apparently, I haven't got Craig's posting (yet), so I reply to it as well,
Ok. I will only clarify which comments are mine and which by Craig.
>> On Mon, 22 Jul 2002 21:44:45 +0100, "Craig Henderson"
>> <cdm.henderson_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> >The lexical_cast<>() function does not respect character traits. I work
>> >Win32 platform with MSVC which supports char and wchar_t for 8-bit and
>> >16-bit character representation, respectively. lexical_cast<>() uses a
>> >std::stringstream which is a synonym for template class
>> >specialized for elements of type char.
>I've been cooperating with Kevlin Henney and Björn Karlsson (the Boost
>maintenance wizard) in making a new version of lexical_cast, which also
>handles wide characters (selected by the type of the operands, so no change
>to the interface is needed), as well as fixing problems with characters or
>strings containing whitespace, or empty strings (which used to throw
>I sent the new version to Kevlin and Björn a while ago, but he hasn't got
>around to it, yet.
>In short, this proposal has already been fixed. It's just not committed,
>Kevlin hasn't wanted to add additional parameters, as it would then no
>longer look like a cast. However, the mentioned changes can be done without
>changing the interface.
If you managed to make it work with MSVC++ too, this is by far better
than the "solution" I suggested.
>To quote from the CVS lexical_cast docs:
>--- Start quote ---
>- Improved string handling, correctly accommodating wide character strings,
>incompatible basic_string types, and empty strings.
>- Optimize the use of a stream away for identity conversions.
>- An interpret_cast that performs a do-something-reasonable conversion
>between types. It would, for instance, select between numeric_cast and
>lexical_cast based on std::numeric_limits<>::is_specialized. This would be
>an interesting project, but there are no concrete plans to pursue this at
>- It is also worth mentioning future non-directions: anything that involves
>adding extra arguments for a conversion operation is not being considered. A
>custom keyword cast, such as lexical_cast, is intended to look like a
>built-in cast operator: built-in cast operators take only a single operand.
>Where a higher degree of control is required over conversions, the standard
>stringstream offers a more appropriate path. Where non-stream-based
>conversions are required, lexical_cast is the wrong tool for the job, and so
>it won't be special-cased for such scenarios.
>--- End quote ---
>The first two points have been implemented in the new version of
>lexical_cast. The third point describes a different component. The fourth
>point describes non-directions.
Ooppsss... I didn't look at the CVS documentation. The official one is
quite different. In particular there are no non-directions :-)
>> > However, I have managed to solve the problem
>> >with the introduction of a second template function, as shown below.
This was what Craig said. My reply was only meant to show that it was
possible to use the same name for both function templates, even with
the broken VC++. As I said, it is a very ugly solution and I was
against the idea of changing the interface, except if someone found
some good use of the new parameter (the interpreter). In any case I'm
much more happy with your solution.
>Internally, it uses specialisations, based on the source and target types,
>to select character type for the interpreter. You may even use other
>character types than char or wchar_t.
Good. So we'll wait for the upload! :-)
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