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.TH scan_utf8 3
.SH NAME
scan_utf8 \- decode an unsigned integer from UTF-8 encoding
.SH SYNTAX
.B #include <scan.h>
size_t \fBscan_utf8\fP(const char *\fIsrc\fR,size_t \fIlen\fR,uint32_t *\fIdest\fR);
.SH DESCRIPTION
scan_utf8 decodes an unsigned integer in UTF-8 encoding from a memory
area holding binary data. It writes the decode value in \fIdest\fR and
returns the number of bytes it read from \fIsrc\fR.
scan_utf8 never reads more than \fIlen\fR bytes from \fIsrc\fR. If the
sequence is longer than that, or the memory area contains an invalid
sequence, scan_utf8 returns 0 and does not touch \fIdest\fR.
The length of the longest UTF-8 sequence is 5. If the buffer is longer
than that, and scan_utf8 fails, then the data was not a valid UTF-8
encoded sequence.
.SH NOTE
fmt_utf8 and scan_utf8 implement the encoding from UTF-8, but are meant
to be able to store integers, not just Unicode code points. Values
above 0x10ffff are not valid UTF-8. If you are using this function to
parse UTF-8, you need to reject them (see RFC 3629).
.SH "SEE ALSO"
fmt_utf8(3)