[docs] [issue25495] binascii documentation incorrect

Mouse report at bugs.python.org
Tue Oct 27 19:10:17 EDT 2015

New submission from Mouse:

binascii b2a_base64() documentation says:

The length of data should be at most 57 to adhere to the base64 standard.

This is incorrect, because there is no base64 standard that restricts the length of input data, especially to such a small value.

What RFC4648 (that superseded RFC3548 that your documentation still keeps referring to) actually says is that MIME enforces the limit ofthe OUTPUT LINE length at 76, but NOT of the entire output, and certainly not of the entire input.

Please correct the documentation, making it conformant with what the ACTUAL base64 standard says.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base64 and


assignee: docs at python
components: Documentation
messages: 253572
nosy: docs at python, mouse07410
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: binascii documentation incorrect
versions: Python 3.5

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