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From: Stefan Seefeld (seefeld_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-08-22 22:57:56

Rainer Deyke wrote:
> Stefan Seefeld wrote:
>>Isn't it abusive to force utf-8 into a std::string ? While it is
>>technically possible the semantics isn't quite the same. operator
>>[] (size_t i) wouldn't return the i'th character any more, at
>>least not for characters outside the ascii range.
> I don't think so. In C and C++, the type 'char' represents not only a text
> character, but also a byte of binary data. For example, when using the
> iostream library to read binary files, the data will be read as a sequence
> of 'char's. 'std::string' is the most useful container for blocks of binary
> data, largely because of the stringstream classes.

I don't agree: When I want to read binary data, i.e. a sequence of 'char's,
I don't use std::istream to begin with, as iostreams are all about formatting.
Instead I would look at std::streambuf, as that's what encapsulates the device
to read from.
So, I don't see at all why I would read in binary data from a std::stringstream
into a std::string.


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