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From: Ferdinand Prantl (ferdipr_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-08-23 10:36:47


I would prefer to use the standard types like std::string and char * as

However, I do not like much the idea about a fixed encoding, UTF-8 or
something else. It is possible to use any encoding in std::string and even
in std::wstring.

What do you think about imbuing and codecvt-like approach in
boost::filesystem for the names of the files? It has a standard interface
for the content of streams, it could serve also the filenames. Not all
platforms support UTF-8 filenames, sometinmes could it serve as name
mangling support.


> [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Patrick Bennett
> Correct (kind of), but I'd far prefer that std::string be
> used than for some completely new type to be defined.
> For users of boost::filesystem, I can't personally think of a
> time when a user would need to iterate the paths or files a
> character at a time.
> Because of UTF-8's nature, even if a user were to search for
> something like '/', it would still work for find's, [], etc.
> UTF-8 maps to std::string extremely well.
> I think there is also a fair amount of precendents already
> set for using
> UTF-8 internally using std::string as the storage mechanism.
> UTF-8 strings don't contain embedded nul's (std::string still
> works for that though), ASCII characters remains ASCII
> characters, and you can tell if you're in the middle of a
> multi-byte sequence.
> Since we're talking about filesystem's inability to be used
> with internationalized applications, and you don't think
> UTF-8/std::string is the way to do it, what is your recommendation?
> Cheers...
> Patrick Bennett
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