[Python-Dev] Re: [I18n-sig] Re: Unicode debate

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Tue, 02 May 2000 10:21:28 -0400

> You're going to have a hard time explaining that "\377" != u"\377".

I agree.  You are an example of how hard it is to explain: you still
don't understand that for a person using CJK encodings this is in fact
the truth.

> Again, if you define that "all strings are unicode" and that 8-bit strings
> contain Unicode characters up to 255, you're all set. Clear semantics, few
> surprises, simple implementation, etc. etc.

But not all 8-bit strings occurring in programs are Unicode.  Ask

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