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From: Erik Wien (wien_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-10-20 13:18:27

"Rogier van Dalen" <rogiervd_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:51:21 +0300, Peter Dimov <pdimov_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> Vladimir Prus wrote:
>> > Peter Dimov wrote:
>> >> 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==.
>> >
>> > Yes. But it's possible to have standalone "normalization" function,
>> > and still use default normalized representation for the string class.
>> Thereby assuming that all users need to pay for normalization (twice) on
>> every comparison?
>> Or maybe you are arguing that the string should always be kept in a
>> particular normalized form?
> That seems to be the only way of keeping comparison, search, etcetera,
> implementable in terms of char_traits<> functions --- and so, the only
> way of getting performance similar to std::basic_string<>'s.
> Note that normalisation of any kind requires access to the Unicode
> Character Database, which may take some time, especially if the
> relevant parts happen not to be in the processor cache.
> Comparing any Unicode data in different or unknown normalisation forms
> will therefore by definition be slow.

True.. So what we basically need to determine, is what is most critical?
Fast comparing of strings (Strings always represented in a given NF), or
fast genereal string handling (NF determined when needed)

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