Request for Discussion: SAX 1.0 in C++

Steinar Bang sb at
Wed Dec 8 08:12:51 GMT 1999

>>>>> roddey at

This statement:

> ... If it were up to me, I'd say use every modern service of C++ and
> those who don't have compliant C++ implementation can have a good reason to
> get one.

conflicts with this statement:

> 2) We would prefer that all data come out of the SAX interfaces as
> raw wchar_t strings. This is the most flexible mechanism and does
> not lock people into using any particular implementation of a string
> object. It also has the highest potential performance for those
> folks who never need to put it into anything more formal than a raw
> array.

std::basic_string<> _is_ a modern service of C++, and a pretty good
one from an API point of view.

Personally I say: use std::basic_string<> and death to all other
string representations in C++.

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