Custom Format Placeholders
There are a few implementations of
printf-like functions that allow extensions to the escape-character-based mini-language, thus allowing the programmer to have a specific formatting function for non-builtin types. One of the most well-known is the (now deprecated) glibc's
register_printf_function. However, it is rarely used due to the fact that it conflicts with static format string checking. Another is Vstr custom formatters, which allows adding multi-character format names, and can work with static format checkers.
Some applications (like the Apache HTTP Server) include their own
printf-like function, and embed extensions into it. However these all tend to have the same problems that
Most non-C languages that have a
printf-like function work around the lack of this feature by just using the "
%s" format and converting the object to a string representation. C++ offers a notable exception, in that it has a
printf function inherited from its C history, but also has a completely different mechanism that is preferred.
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