Allowing non-ASCII identifiers
paul at prescod.net
Tue Feb 10 00:32:22 CET 2004
Martin v. Löwis wrote:
> Paul Prescod wrote:
>> I wonder if the proposal would be more palatable if it were restricted
>> to 8-bit encodings (what we used to call "code pages"). This is at
>> least a first step in the right direction that would help westerners
>> and could be made to work even if Python were compiled without Unicode
>> support. (it is still possible to compile Python without Unicode isn't
> I doubt that it would matter much to those currently opposed; I know
> that *I* would be opposed to such a strategy: Allowing arbitrary source
> code encoding is no technical challenge whatsoever, and restricting
> it to single-byte encodings is an arbitrary restriction.
You are right. Re-reading Guido's complaint I understand what you mean.
But I have heard the argument in the past that Unicode source files
would break introspection tools. If that isn't a concern this time
around then disregard my suggestion.
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