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Hi, what is wrong here?

     wchar_t tag[30];
     wcscpy(tag, "haha");

error C2664: 'wcscpy' : cannot convert parameter 2 from 'char [5]' to 'const unsigned short *'

How to fix it? I need to use
wcsstr(line, tag) later on.


Thanks.
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Question by:hoooi
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wcscpy(tag, L"haha");
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Just to explain a bit.  The string "haha" is an ANSI string under all circumstances.  To make it a UNICODE string you must use the "L" macro to tell the compiler to make a UNICODE string here.  Hence:

wcscpy(tag, L"haha");

is what you want.  Another approach is to use the "T" or "TEXT" macro like:

wcscpy(tag, T("haha"));
or
wcscpy(tag, TEXT("haha"));

but in this case I'd recommend "L" since the wcscpy function ALWAYS takes UNICODE and "T" is a conditional based on whether the build is UNICODE or not.

If you use the conditional string copy function tcscpy() you should use "T" to ensure that you get UNICODE when you need it and ANSI when you need that.
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by:hoooi
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Awesome!!! And thanks for the explanation!
Unicode is really new to me.
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