[docs] [issue25438] document what codec PyMemberDef T_STRING decodes the char * as

Gregory P. Smith report at bugs.python.org
Mon Oct 19 02:42:04 EDT 2015

New submission from Gregory P. Smith:


T_STRING members are turned into str objects in Python.  The documentation needs updating to mention which codec the char * bytes are treated as.

Solving this issue involves code inspection and leaving pointers to that code here in the issue, then updating the docs to mention the requirements for the char * member data as well as what happens upon assignment for non-READONLY T_STRING data (a different restriction?  or encoding to the same codec?)

My _guess_ would be UTF-8 or ASCII but I'll let someone else dive in and find out.  This is a Python 3 specific documentation clarification.

assignee: docs at python
components: Documentation
keywords: easy
messages: 253172
nosy: docs at python, gregory.p.smith
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: needs patch
status: open
title: document what codec PyMemberDef T_STRING decodes the char * as
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.4, Python 3.5, Python 3.6

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