Request for Discussion: SAX 1.0 in C++

Steinar Bang sb at
Sat Dec 25 13:24:47 GMT 1999

>>>>> Steve Harris <seh at>:

> ... It seems that so long as the compiler will guarantee that you
> can fit _at least_ 16 bits in a wchar_t, then your translation code
> would be sufficiently portable.

If you store a lot of strings (as we do), I'm afraid using twice the
amount of space that we actually need will be, will be a serious
perfomance killer.

I'm also worried that basic_string<> seems to really be meant for
uniform width character codings, and I'm not sure what happens once we
run into the surrogates that extends the coding beyond UCS-2.  Will we
be able to use it?  Will it create trouble of some sort?

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