On Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 3:27 PM, Chris Barker <chris.barker@noaa.gov> wrote:
When a numpy user wants to put a string into a numpy array, they should know how long a string they can fit -- with "length" defined how python strings define it. 

Sorry, I remain unconvinced (for the reasons that Robert, Nathaniel and myself have already given), but we seem to be talking past each other here.

I am still -1 on any new string encoding support unless that includes at least UTF-8, with length indicated by the number of bytes.