On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 5:36 PM, "Martin v. Löwis" firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: ..
Note that I'm not saying this is common. Nor am I saying it's a desirable situation. I'm saying it is a feasible use case, to be dismissed only if there is strong evidence that it's not used by existing Python code.
And indeed, for the Chinese numerals, we have such strong evidence.
Indeed: it over 10 years that Python's int() accepted Arabic-Indic numerals, nobody has complained that it *did not* accept Chinese.