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

Paul Prescod paul@prescod.net
Tue, 02 May 2000 14:23:27 -0500

Guido van Rossum wrote:
> ...
> So what do you think of my new proposal of using ASCII as the default
> "encoding"?  

I can live with it. I am mildly uncomfortable with the idea that I could
write a whole bunch of software that works great until some European
inserts one of their name characters. Nevertheless, being hard-assed is
better than being permissive because we can loosen up later.

What do we do about str( my_unicode_string )? Perhaps escape the Unicode
characters with backslashed numbers?

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for himself
It's difficult to extract sense from strings, but they're the only
communication coin we can count on. 
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