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A C++ UCS-2 string class?

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Does anyone know if there's a UCS-2 string class for C++ somewhere, under a commercially-viable license, that fits the concept of basic_string? I've been using ICU for a while, but now I need a basic_string compatible class, not the java-like UnicodeString. I don't need UTF-16, mere UCS-2 would be good. TIA

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If you're using MSVC, wchar_t defaults to a 2-byte data type. So you can use std::wstring to suit your needs. Otherwise, you can provide your own template of basic_string with whatever sized datatype you want.

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I need it to be portable, and IIRC the unicode standard advices againsusing wchar_t. I doubt basic_string<uint16> would do :D.

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Depending on what exactly you mean by "UCS-2 string class", basic_string<uint16> may indeed work.

i.e., if all you need is a container for 16-bit codepoints with the standard string operators then it work fine.

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What about tiny caveats, like string comparisons? some scripts, like arabic, can be stored in "shaped" or "unshaped" variants, which *should* logically be equal. I assume basic_string<> won't do that for me by default, any workarounds?

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