Difference between std::basic_string_view<T> and std::span<T>

  c++, guideline-support-library, string-view

I’m parsing a binary network data and i would like to make the process as allocation-less as possible. But now i realized there are 2 very simmilar concepts that are probably both good enough for my case, and those are std::basic_string_view<T> and std::span<T>.

So i was wondering. What are the differences between these 2 and are there any advantages using one over the other? One obvious difference is the availability, basic_string_view is already in C++17 while span is C++20 (but you can use the one in ‘Guidelines Support Library’ for older standards). But is there anything else? It should, because otherwise they wouldn’t both make it into the standard.

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