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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-04-23 20:04:29

At 02:25 PM 4/23/2003, Edward Diener wrote:

>I am happy to hear about that, the work you and others are doing to bring
>wide character filenames to C++, and the work you are doing to bring it
>the filesystem library. When I argued about this on comp.std.c++ I got
>distinct impression, from people such as Mr. Plauger and Mr. Kanze, that
>the C++ committee was trying its best not to feel it necessary to add
>characters filenames to the C++ standard library functionality.

Yes, I remember you and others saying that comp.std.c++, but it is
completely wrong. Bill Plauger has been to Japan something like 25 times,
and a lot of that was for work on internationalization issues. He has a
life-long history of standardization work. He is one of the key people
proposing solutions that might actually work. But those solutions aren't
ready for standardization yet. The reason the committees are moving very
slowly is that members, particularly from Japan, care deeply, and feel it
would be a serious mistake to standardize the wrong solution.

But that is drifting way of topic for discussion of the Boost filesystem
library's handling of wide-character filenames. That's first priority.


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