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Subject: Re: [boost] [locale] Review results for Boost.Locale library
From: Steve Bush (sb2_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-04-27 04:43:44

> Before you continue this "Crusade" against Boost.Locale,


My view of this affair is as follows:


Artyom advocates universal use of UTF-8 – see:


I believe this will be deeply unpopular with Asian programmers who, for whatever reasons, hate UTF-8 and love UTF-16.


Artyom has also said that MSVC is "broken" and (as I understand it) that all programmers should use ASCII for locale's gettext translate.


However, just because boost is a portable library and boost locale is used for localisation doesn’t mean that programmers are writing *portable applications*. In other words, people may well wish to USE boost locale in UTF-16 environment eg Windows and have nothing to do with UTF-8 or ASCII.


As I understand it, those people are not well supported by the gettext bit of locale.


I don’t think that can be resolved at this stage, but one should not try and present a necessity as a virtue – which will be resented.

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