Neil Schemenauer wrote:
Perhaps I am on the wrong track. However, if I understand the /F bot correctly, he favours a design that does not force everthing to unicode strings.
I'm beginning to think that we need an extra method (__text__), that can return any kind of string that's compatible with Python's text model.
(in today's CPython, that's an 8-bit string with ASCII only, or a Uni- code string. future Python's may support more string types, at least at the C implementation level).
I'm not sure we can change __str__ or __unicode__ without breaking code in really obscure ways (but I'd be happy to be proven wrong).