[issue13391] string.strip Does Not Remove Zero-Width-Space (ZWSP)
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Tue Nov 15 16:07:44 CET 2011
Dave Mankoff <mankyd at gmail.com> added the comment:
"Use regular expressions for more advanced stripping than what the .strip method provides."
So I guess this brings me back to my original issue. I'm not looking for particularly advanced stripping. I just want to remove all whitespace and other non-printing characters. I personally can never think of a time when I wouldn't want this (especially with isspace). Maybe in some applications, the control characters are useful and shouldn't be stripped, but I would argue that _that_ is the more advanced use case for most people.
Thus strip and isspace are now unusable methods in Python for common use cases. This seems unfortunate.
I can understand the claims of feature creep. I even understand that having isspace compare itself against non-whitespace characters may seem counter-intuitive on its face. But certainly there must be a satisfactory remedy here.
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