MvL> At the moment, declaring either eucJP or or Shift-JIS MvL> wouldn't work with the proposed implementation, anyway, since MvL> those encodings are not supported in the standard Python MvL> installation.
Which actually touches on something I wanted to bring up. Why don't we include the Japanese codecs with Python? Is it just a size issue?
The gzip'd tarball of the JapaneseCodecs-1.4.3 is 258k, unpacked it's 3.2M. Okay, so that's nontrivial, but I can think of 2 approaches:
Have a second, sumo (no pun intended) release that inclues the codecs
Include the gzip'd tarball and do a distutils install at Python install time
I bet we'd win some Ruby converts if we did this <wink>. For reference, I'm thinking about including the Japanese and Chinese codecs with MM2.1 because it makes little sense to claim support for those languages without them.