Request for Discussion: SAX 1.0 in C++

Steinar Bang sb at
Tue Dec 21 07:40:32 GMT 1999

>>>>> roddey at

> John is absolutely correct. It *must* be wchar_t if its going to be
> a fixed thing.

Please note that John was advocating std::wstring, rather than

I'll live with it, if that's what the standard SAX for C++ ends up
with, but unhappily, since this will make for unefficient handling on
gcc. :-/

> The massive convenience this provides to people who actually want to
> do something with the data and for the ability to use constants
> (look at XML4C if you want to see what a pain in the butt it is to
> do the latter scheme) is paramount.

Actually I think it would be much easier on debuggers and editors and
me, if I could store the text constants in UTF-8.

> For those folks who need to store text, they can certainly strip off
> unwanted bytes before storing it. It is much more reasonable to
> require transcoding of people storing text than to require everyone
> using the data on the fly to transcode.

Using data on the fly is what I want to do.  That's why I prefer to
get it in the form I will use it.

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