The character set chset matches a set of characters over a finite range bounded by the limits of its template parameter CharT. This class is an optimization of a parser that acts on a set of single characters. The template class is parameterized by the character type CharT and can work efficiently with 8, 16 and 32 and even 64 bit characters.
template <typename CharT = char> class chset;
The chset is constructed from literals (e.g. 'x'), ch_p or chlit<>, range_p or range<>, anychar_p and nothing_p (see primitives) or copy-constructed from another chset. The chset class uses a copy-on-write scheme that enables instances to be passed along easily by value.
To accommodate 16/32 and 64 bit characters, the chset class statically switches from a std::bitset implementation when the character type is not greater than 8 bits, to a sparse bit/boolean set which uses a sorted vector of disjoint ranges (range_run). The set is constructed from ranges such that adjacent or overlapping ranges are coalesced.
range_runs are very space-economical in situations where there are lots of ranges and a few individual disjoint values. Searching is O(log n) where n is the number of ranges.
chset<> s1('x'); chset<> s2(anychar_p - s1);
Optionally, character sets may also be constructed using a definition string following a syntax that resembles posix style regular expression character sets, except that double quotes delimit the set elements instead of square brackets and there is no special negation ^ character.
range = anychar_p >> '-' >> anychar_p; set = *(range_p | anychar_p);
Since we are defining the set using a C string, the usual C/C++ literal string
syntax rules apply. Examples:
chset<> s1("a-zA-Z"); // alphabetic characters chset<> s2("0-9a-fA-F"); // hexadecimal characters chset<> s3("actgACTG"); // DNA identifiers chset<> s4("\x7f\x7e"); // Hexadecimal 0x7F and 0x7E
The standard Spirit set operators apply (see operators) plus an additional character-set-specific inverse (negation ~) operator:
|Character set operators|
|a | b||Set union|
|a &||Set intersection|
|a - b||Set difference|
|a ^ b||Set xor|
where operands a and b are both chsets or one of the operand is either a literal character, ch_p or chlit, range_p or range, anychar_p or nothing_p. Special optimized overloads are provided for anychar_p and nothing_p operands. A nothing_p operand is converted to an empty set, while an anychar_p operand is converted to a set having elements of the full range of the character type used (e.g. 0-255 for unsigned 8 bit chars).
A special case is ~anychar_p which yields nothing_p, but ~nothing_p is illegal. Inversion of anychar_p is asymmetrical, a one-way trip comparable to converting T* to a void*.
|chset<CharT>(anychar_p)||full range of CharT (e.g. 0-255 for unsigned 8 bit chars)|
Copyright © 1998-2003 Joel de Guzman
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