This is a class derived from
CStdioFile which transparently handles the reading and writing of Unicode text files as well as ordinary multibyte text files.
The code compiles as both multibyte and Unicode. In Unicode, multibyte files will be read and their content converted to Unicode using the current code page. In multibyte compilations, Unicode files will be read and converted to multibyte text.
The identification of a Unicode text file depends entirely on the presence of the Unicode byte order mark (0xFEFF). Its absence is not an absolute guarantee that a file is not Unicode, but it's the only method I use here. Feel free to suggest improvements.
By default, the class writes multibyte files, but can optionally write Unicode.
The ability to transparently handle both multibyte and Unicode seems to be such a fundamental requirement, that I was sure that there would already be something similar on offer, and yet nothing turned up. Did I miss something?
I needed it for a translation tool I wrote, and knocked together an implementation that was good enough for my needs. This is little more than a cleaned up version of that, so expect bugs and all manner of deficiencies. I've tested the demo app though with the basic combinations -- Unicode files in a multibyte compilation, Unicode-Unicode, Multibyte-Unicode, and Multibyte-Multibyte, and they all seem to work.
Using the code
The use of the class is pretty simple. It overrides three functions of
WriteString(). To write a Unicode file, add the flag
CStdioFileEx::modeWriteUnicode to the flags when calling the
In other respects, usage is identical to
To find out if a file you have opened is Unicode, you can call
To get the number of characters in the file, you can call
GetCharCount(). This is unreliable for multibyte/UTF-8, however.
An example of writing in Unicode:
CFile::modeCreate | CFile::modeWrite | CStdioFileEx::modeWriteUnicode))
fileWriteUnicode.WriteString(_T("Unicode test file\n"));
You can now also specify the code page for multibyte file reading or writing. Simply call
SetCodePage() before a read to tell
CStdioFileEx which code page the file is coded in, or before a write, to tell it which code page you want it written in. Specifying
CP_UTF8 as the code page allows you to read or write UTF-8 files.
The demo app is a dialog which opens a file, tells you whether it's Unicode or not and how many characters it contains, and shows the first fifteen lines from it. In the last couple of iterations I've added the option to convert a Unicode file to multibyte, and a multibyte file to Unicode, and a combo to specify the code page when reading.
As of v1.6, there is no limitation on the length of the line that can be read in any mode (Multibyte/Unicode, Unicode/Multibyte, etc.).
I'd love to hear of people's experiences with it, as well as reports of bugs, problems, improvements, etc.
Oh, and if I've accidentally included something offensive in the demo dialog, let me know. My Arabic and Chinese are not all that good.
- v1.0 - Posted 14 May 2003
- v1.1 - 23 August 2003. Incorporated fixes from Dennis Jeryd
- v1.2 - 06 January 2005. Fixed garbage at end of file bug (Howard J Oh)
- v1.3 - 19 February 2005. Howard J Oh's fix mysteriously failed to make it into the last release. Improved the test program. Fixed miscellaneous bugs
Very important: In this release, ANSI files written in ANSI are no longer written using
WriteString. This means
\n will no longer be "interpreted" as
\r\n. What you write is what you get
- v1.4 - 26 February 2005. Fixed submission screw-up
- v1.5 - 18 November 2005. Code page can be specified for reading and writing (inc. UTF-8). Multibyte buffers properly calculated. Fix from Andy Goodwin
- v1.6 - 19 July 2007. Major rewrite: Maximum line length restriction removed; Use of
lstrlen eliminated. Conversion functions always used to calculate required buffers;
\n characters no longer lost; BOM writing now optional; UTF-8 reading and writing works properly; systematic tests are now included with the demo project
I'm originally from Leek, Staffordshire in the UK, but I now work as a C++/MFC developer in Madrid, Spain.
I followed an erratic study/career path from German to a PhD in something resembling political science and linguistics, eventually ending up in IT.
I'm still finding bustling streets, warm nights, beer and vitamin D a pretty heady combination.