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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] true typedef (true_typedef) implemented in boost?
From: Mathias Gaunard (mathias.gaunard_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-07-17 13:07:42

Le 17/07/2010 17:26, Robert Ramey wrote:

> and my personal favorite - dataflow iterators. But I suspect this
> functionality
> has probably been covered by Ranges - I'm don't know this, I'm just deducing
> that from the name.

I don't really understand what dataflow iterators are.
Isn't it just a syntactic shortcut in the constructor of an iterator
adaptor that calls the base constructor recursively?

> Oh - codecvt_utf8. The whole codecvt thing is ripe for a library.

Since wchar_t is potentially 16-bit, utf8_codecvt_facet should do
transcoding between UTF-8 and UTF-16, not between UTF-8 and UCS-2 as it
does now.
However it doesn't appear that it is possible to do N to M conversion
well with a codecvt facet according to what someone said in another thread.

> I
> realise
> that some proposals have been made in this area. I haven't studied them
> in detail so I don't want to be critical. But, my experience with using the
> codecvt facility in the serialization library leads me to suspect that it is
> better than is generally appreciated. In fact, the whole C++ streams
> is better than it first appears. The problems is it's sort of obtuse. Some
> libraries to help support it would help explain and promote this. I'm
> thinking
> of things like composable codecvt facets and alternative filebuf
> implementations.
> I've always felt the boost streams library got a little off track by not
> leverage
> enough on the standard library - a missed opportunity in my opinion.

What I've got as part as my Unicode library is a straight-forward
Converter concept and convert iterators/ranges. You define a Converter
that describes how to do one step of an arbitrary variable-width N to M
conversion with input and output iterators, then you can turn it into an
iterator adaptor to convert as you traverse or just apply it in a loop
to do the conversion on the whole range eagerly.
You can of course apply different Converters one after the other or even
compose Converters, albeit the latter has limits since the steps need to
play nicely together (i.e. either the Converter needs to be stable by
concatenation, or the one applied first needs to have fixed-width output).

I have made a facility to make a codecvt facet out of any Converter, but
I suspect it doesn't really work at all since I don't think I deal with
"partial" cases correctly, and I haven't come up with a practical way of
dealing with Converters that are not stable by concatenation.
The fact that you can't have anything other than char/char or
wchar_t/char is also a bit limiting.

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