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Subject: Re: [boost] Unicode characters in filenames
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-08-17 06:40:04

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Boost [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Tom Kent
> Sent: 14 August 2015 23:47
> To: Boost Developers List
> Subject: [boost] Unicode characters in filenames
> Recently there was a thread that ended up changing the boost guidelines so that Unicode characters
> are now allowed in C++ source files.
> However, in the 1.59 release, there was a filename that had unicode characters in it:
> libs\preprocessor\doc\Appendix A An Introduction to Preprocessor Metaprogramming.html. Which,
> HTML encoded, actually looks
> like: Appendix%20A%20%C2%A0%20An%20Introduction. Note the %C2%A0 character (Hex C2A0,
> Octal: 302240, Windows displays:  )?
> Since this seems like a mistake, I've created a pull request for this in pre-processor. However, it begs
> the question:
> Should we support unicode codepoints for filenames in the boost distribution?
> I would like for this answer to be 'no' as there are still lots of tools out there that don't correctly
> handle unicode filenames. However, it is worth bringing up the discussion. Is there a reason we would
> want unicode file names? I would guess that tests uses them (especially the filesystem tests), however
> I would also expect that these tests generate the files on the fly, and that they aren't part of what is
> distributed.
> Thoughts?


KISS - no Unicode in filenames.

(I know that this is very English-speaking-centric, but there isn't really a strong need?)


Paul A. Bristow
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