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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-10-20 07:17:12

Vladimir Prus wrote:
> Eric Niebler wrote:
>> No. "Normalization" doesn't always mean canonical decomposition.
>> There are several canonical forms, some of which *require* the use of
>> composite characters. In fact, the XML standard requires such a
>> canonical form. A Unicode library cannot hide the issue of
>> canonicalization from the user, because users will care which
>> canonical form is being used.
> Why? If I want to compare two string, I don't really care which
> normalized form is used.

But if you need a particular normalized form for other purposes (to store it
into a database, perhaps), you have no way to obtain it from operator==.

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