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UTF-8 and wstring

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I've been thinking that UTF-8 is best represented in a wstring, but I've just come across a library that has turned my world upside down.  They use char* for UTF-8.  Apparently this is the way it's supposed to be?  If my existing libraries all use wstring for UTF-8, what are your recommendations for me?

Thanks!
Mike
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ok wow.. jkr  has not answered my question yet.  It must be that I'm not the only one that finds this confusing...!  :)
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Be careful what you are wishing for - UTF-8 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTF-8) - as the name implies it *tries* to encode UNICODE to a 8-bit contained space, but that requires code points (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_point) which are IMO basically a different expression for 'code pages'. So, in a nutshell: If you *need* UNICODE, there is no way around using UNICODE or at least UTF-16, then you *might* be sure that the character mappings will be somehow universal. If you can live with a subset of that (and UTF-8 does not even pretend to be anything else), it will be fine.
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*LOL*
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Thanks jkr  :-)
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