[Python-3000] base64 - bytes and strings
greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Tue Jul 31 03:26:28 CEST 2007
> I believe that converting a Unicode string to a base64 encoded form is
> necessarily a 2-step process.
Well, yes, but only because base64 itself takes arbitrary
binary data as input, not Unicode strings. Encoding *anything*
other than binary data as base64 is going to require an
extra step in that sense.
> So the fact
> that you can vary one encoding without changing the other would seem to
> argue for the notion that they are distinct and independent.
I would say that the first encoding is outside the scope of
base64 and therefore irrelevant to this discussion.
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