On Sat, 20 Jun 2020 at 16:52, Jens Maurer <Jens.Maurer@gmx.net> wrote:
On 20/06/2020 15.47, Corentin Jabot wrote:

>     What's the implementation strategy for an implementation that wishes to provide
>     byte pass-through in string literals under your approach, which tunnels everything
>     through Unicode?
> As long as a source character can be converted to a Unicode character, and that Unicode character can be converted back to the same original character,
> does it matter if it was or not?
> If A1 -> B is a valid transcoding operation, then B -> A1  is a valid transcoding operation whether there exists or not a separate B -> A2 transcoding operation.
> An implementation strategy would be to keep track of the original character (maybe by lexing character by character in the source file encoding), or use some other form of tracking. But does that strategy have to be specified in the standard?

"Silently keep track of the original character" is what
we currently have with reverting raw string literals.
It feels like cheating to require phase 5 to rely on information
stashed away in some hiding place in phase 1.

My reading of the standard is that we don't allow this behavior
currently, because we tunnel everything through UCNs. So, allowing
more seems evolutionary, which is probably a different paper.

My point is that which character we convert TO in phase 5 isn't mandated.
If an implementation decides to use information it knows in phase 1 to make decisions in phase 5 it can - and it's not observable how or why that decision was made
(sure, the byte value can be observed, but not the reasoning the compiler took)

(My assumption is that many implementations only pretend to have translation phases http://eel.is/c++draft/lex.phases#footnote-6 , so compilers usually do have informations locally)

> In particular, "there are numbers greater than 10FFFF that can be used" may not be the best implementation strategy.

Sure, but that's for the implementation to decide.  After all, we're only talking
about abstract characters, not about numbers.

>     > #define CONCAT(x,y) x##y 
>     > CONCAT(\, U0001F431); 
>     >
>     > Is valid in all implementations I tested, implementation-defined in the standard.
>     Is the result the named Unicode character?
>     Ok, so be it.  Having this as valid is fall-out from the
>     currently-described approach, and if it's consistent with
>     what implementations already do, we're good.
>     > Do you see a reason to not allow it? in particular, as we move ucns handling later
>     > in the process, it would make sense to allow these escape sequences to be created in phase 2 and 4 (might be evolutionary, there is a paper)
>     I think the status quo already allows creating UCNs like that,
>     so this doesn't seem to be evolutionary at all.
> Isn't changing "it is implementation-defined whether ucns are formed" to "ucns are formed" evolutionarry?

Yes, it is.  Do you have a reference for the "implementation-defined" part
here?  [cpp.concat] doesn't seem to speak to the issue.

Actually, i miss remember, it's described as UB, which is worse (implementation defined was the fixed i proposed to remove the ub; sorry about that)  http://eel.is/c++draft/lex.phases#1.4 http://eel.is/c++draft/lex.phases#1.2

Interestingly C only has UB in phase 4

Phase 2
Each instance of a backslash character (\) immediately followed by a new-line character is deleted, splicing physical source lines to form logical source lines. Only the last backslash on any physical source line shall be eligible for being part of such a splice. A source file that is not empty shall end in a new-line character, which shall not be immediately preceded by a backslash character before any such splicing takes place.

Phase 4
Preprocessing directives are executed, macro invocations are expanded, and _Pragma unary operator expressions are executed. If a character sequence that matches the syntax of a universal character name is produced by token concatenation (, the behavior is undefined. A #include preprocessing directive causes the named header or source file to be processed from phase 1 through phase 4, recursively. All preprocessing directives are then deleted.