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Subject: Re: [boost] [General] Always treat std::strings as UTF-8
From: Robert Kawulak (robert.kawulak_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-01-14 17:52:26

> From: John B. Turpish
> On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 4:42 AM, Matus Chochlik <chochlik_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> > b) UTF-32 is basically a waste of memory for most localizations.
> I'm not an expert, so take this with a grain of salt. But couldn't it
> just as easily be said that UTF-8 is a waste of CPU? There are a
> number of operations that are constant time if you can assume a fixed
> size for a character that I would think would have to be linear for
> UTF-8, for example accessing the Nth character.

IIUC you can't assume a fixed size for a character even with UTF-32. In UTF-32 only _codepoints_ have fixed size, yet one character
may be composed of several codepoints, e.g. a latin letter followed by a diacritical mark, making up one character

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