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Subject: Re: [boost] [serialization] Padding for base64 dataflow iterators ?
From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-07-28 17:32:37

Timothy Madden wrote:
> Hello
> Could the documentation page for dataflow iterators in the
> serialization library please state that:
> 1. using base64 iterators will /not/ add the padding '=' characters in
> the encoded data, that are present in the canonical encoding in
> RFC4648 (The Base16, Base32, and Base64 Data Encodings) ?
> 2. binary string to be encoded should be null-terminated, or the
> iterators will not pad the input stream of bits with 0s to reach a
> multiple of 6 bits, but rather use whatever bits follow after the last
> encoded byte in memory ?
> Just so the user knows she either has to ensure padding, or otherwise
> she should not expect the result to exactly follow the RFC, and the
> result might not be suitable for data interchange between
> applications, etc ...
> Or maybe the examples could be changed to include padding, which would
> be even better ... :)

or maybe even better tweak the iterator to do the padding or
add a padding iterator which would do it.

Robert Ramey

> Thank you,
> Timothy Madden
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