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Subject: Re: [boost] utf8_codecvt facet - volunteer opportuntiy
From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-01-03 11:11:20

On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM, Robert Ramey <ramey_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Our implementation for a codecvt facet internal wide char to/from utf8
> format requires some maintainence.
> We have our own implementation since 2001. Since then, the standard libary
> has come to specify some implementations and some libraries have implemented
> some or all of this aspect of the standard library. I've come to believe
> that we should:
> a) tweak our code to use the standard library implementations if they exist.
> b) tweak our code to use the names of the standard library implementation
> b) tweak our build so that our version replaces the the standard library
> implementation
> when and only when there is no standard implemenation available.
> This seemingly simple task is complicated by the following circumstances.
> a) The relationshp between UCS and Unicode is pretty confusing.
> b) The iterface for codecvt is confusing.
> c) a number of standard library implementations have non-conforming
> codecvt interface.
> d) a number of standard library implementations don't have any
> codecvt header at all. This is not a problem for our current
> implementation because we never import it.

e) VC++ 2012 actually has the header <codecvt> functions, but puts
them in separate headers that live in a "cvt" sub-directory, along
with a great pile of codecvt facets, and some conversion functions
such as wstring_convert that the standard puts in <locale>. So you
have to write #include <cvt/wstring_convert> instead of #include
<locale> to get wstring_convert.

<aside>That's probably yet another example of how legally and/or
politically difficult it can be to modify the contents of an existing
header. </aside>

So, yes, someone does need to address these issues.


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