Suggestion: some changes in String API

Sander Jansen s.jansen at
Thu May 23 19:09:08 UTC 2013

Not everybody using C++ uses std:string so I'd prefer if you keep toCString
Perhaps one thing to consider is whether UTF-8 conversion should be the
default instead of Latin1.


On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM, Tsuda Kageyu <tsuda.kageyu at>wrote:

> I suggest to make some small changes in String API.
> Currently, String class has some methods which convert itself into a
> standard C/C++ string, but they are somewhat confusing and inconsistent.
> So I'd like to change these methods like this:
> // Current
> std::string to8Bit(bool unicode = false) const;
> const std::wstring &toWString() const;
> const char *toCString(bool unicode = false) const;
> // New
> std::string toStdString(Type t = Latin1) const;
> const std::wstring &toStdWString() const;
> const char *toCString(String::Type t = Latin1) const;
> The actual code is at
> I think that toCString() is no longer needed and can be substituted by
> toStdString() so we can remove it.
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