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Subject: Re: [boost] [UTF String] Feedback on UTF String library, please
From: Phil Endecott (spam_from_boost_dev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-02-11 12:22:50

Chad Nelson wrote:
> I reiterate my request from this message
> <>: would
> those interested in the UTF String library please comment on the new
> version?

Hi Chad,

It looks like you've started a new thread in the hope of "throwing
Mathias off the scent". His tone has indeed been unusually aggressive
and it would be good to get some other peoples' comments - but to me,
it looks like he has made a fundamentally accurate analysis of your proposal.

For example, you have this "almost" random-access feature that, IIUC,
for UTF-8 will give you O(1) random access if you have only ASCII
characters and for UTF-16 will give you O(1) random access if you have
only BMP characters. That's just horrible! Imagine an email
application that slows down by a factor of N when it receives a message
with a non-BMP character in it - yuk. IMHO, if you want to add these
features, they should be done in a way that prevents the user from
accidentally misusing them. Rather than this drop-in replacement for
std::string that misbehaves at run time, I would prefer something that
requires some work to make it fit, but then behaves as expected.

Regards, Phil.

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