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Subject: Re: [boost] [nowide] Request for interest (nowide unicode support for windows)
From: Steven Watanabe (watanabesj_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-13 10:13:34


Artyom wrote:
> I've recently written a small library that allows writing platform
> independent Unicode aware applications transparently.
> Problem, basic stuff like opening a file, deleting it, is generally
> accepted for granted and indeed, STL provides std::fstream and C library
> provides FILE* API like std::fopen, std::remove, std::rename.
> However, this API is broken under Windows any time we talk about some
> basic localization like using Unicode file names.
> Unlike all other Windows development moved to redesigning API to wide
> characters instead of adapting backward compatible UTF-8 locales into
> the core system.
> Result: it is total nightmare to write any kind of Unicode aware cross
> platform programs.
> Even when trying to use wide strings and calling _wfopen or _wremove
> where needed is not enough, as there is no simple replacement for
> std::fstream. MSVC provided non-standard extension where
> std::fstream::open() receives wide string, but this is not accepted by
> many other compilers including MinGW gcc that has shared libstdc++
> over multiple platforms. Not talking about that standard does not
> define std::fstream::open(wchar_t const *,...) (and not in Tr1 as well).

What about boost::filesystem::path?

In Christ,
Steven Watanabe

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