On 28 January 2013 20:32, Dean Rasheed <dean(dot)a(dot)rasheed(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
> In general a format specifier looks like:
This highlights another problem with the current implementation ---
the '-' flag and the width field need to be parsed separately. So
'%-3s' should be parsed as a '-' flag followed by a width of 3, not as
a width of -3, which is then interpreted as left-aligned. This might
seem like nitpicking, but actually it is important:
* In the future we might support more flags, and they can be specified
in any order, so the '-' flag won't necessarily come immediately
before the width.
* The width field is optional, even if the '-' flag is specified. So
'%-s' is perfectly legal and should be interpreted as '%s'. The
current implementation treats it as a width of 0, which is wrong.
* The width field might not be a number, it might be something like *
or *3$. Note that the SUS allows a negative width to be passed in as a
function argument using this syntax, in which case it should be
treated as if the '-' flag were specified.
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