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Unicode and Boost.Regex

There are two ways to use Boost.Regex with Unicode strings:

Rely on wchar_t

If your platform's wchar_t type can hold Unicode strings, and your platform's C/C++ runtime correctly handles wide character constants (when passed to std::iswspace std::iswlower etc), then you can use boost::wregex to process Unicode. However, there are several disadvantages to this approach:

Use a Unicode Aware Regular Expression Type.

If you have the ICU library, then Boost.Regex can be configured to make use of it, and provide a distinct regular expression type (boost::u32regex), that supports both Unicode specific character properties, and the searching of text that is encoded in either UTF-8, UTF-16, or UTF-32. See: ICU string class support.