[I18n-sig] Pre-PEP: Proposed Python Character Model

Martin v. Loewis martin@loewis.home.cs.tu-berlin.de
Thu, 8 Feb 2001 00:59:37 +0100

> >>     1. Python should have a single string type. 
> >
> >I disagree. There should be a character string type and a byte string
> >type, at least. I would agree that a single character string type is
> >desirable.
> There is already a large body of code that mixes text and binary data
> in the same type. If we have separate text/binary types, then we need
> to plan a transition period to allow code to distinguish between the
> two uses.

I think the current Unicode implementation has this property: Unicode
is the type for representing character strings; the string type the
one for representing byte strings.