Replacement for snprintf

H. S. Teoh hsteoh at
Wed Nov 6 20:22:04 UTC 2019

On Wed, Nov 06, 2019 at 07:43:06PM +0100, Jacob Carlborg via Digitalmars-d wrote:
> In my experience, I think it's best to leave the locale support to a
> separate API. The "snprintf" API is never going to be flexible enough.
> No one is using "snprintf" for serious localization.
> It's not just the decimal point that needs to be localized. There are
> various other number related things that need localization.
> Just have a look at the number formatter in Apple's API [1]. It's
> pretty big. Then they have separate formatters for currency, length,
> mass, interval and more.

Yeah, after thinking about this more, I've come to the same conclusion.
Just use %s for anything that depends on complex locale-dependent
configuration, and wrap your data item in a proxy object that does
whatever it takes to make it work.

	float myQuantity = ...;
	auto output = format("%s", myQuantity.localeFmt(...));

where localeFmt is some function or wrapper struct overloading toString
that does whatever it takes to format the data in a locale-specific way.


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