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From: Vladimir Prus (ghost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-07-01 10:57:11

Russell Hind wrote:

> Vladimir Prus wrote:
>> I have tried to explain this in great detail. Let me rephrase again:
>> neither template not define is really attractive when used in a library
>> interface.
> Maybe I'm missing something, but couldn't it be like std::string and
> std::wstring?

I think std::string and std::wstring have exactly the same drawbacks. On a
library interface (when the library is compiled one, not-header only), you
have to use either string of wstring. If there were single std::string
which supported wide characters, there would be no choice, and most C++
libraries were at last half-ready for Unicode.

As an example, there are two environment with a single string type: Qt and
Java, and in both there's no issue of Unicode any more, AFAICT.

- Volodya

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