[I18n-sig] Random thoughts on Unicode and Python
Sat, 10 Feb 2001 17:45:25 -0500
M.-A. Lemburg writes:
> How does Ruby (which seems to be the direct Python-competitor
> in Japan) deal with the difference between binary data and
> text data ?
Strings are strings. The interpretation of the bytes in a string is
affected by the setting of the KCODE built-in variable.
> I think that much concern about these proposals lies in a misunder-
> standing of the general idea behind the proposed move to Unicode for
> text data:
> The module which we are currently talking about can be outlined
> as follows:
> binary data string *)
> text data string
> | |
> | |
> Unicode string encoded 8-bit string (with encoding
> *) information !)
> *) these are implemented in Python 1.6-2.1.
> How does this compare to e.g. Ruby ?
As I said, Ruby has a String type, and an override for
The above is much more similar to the model used by Dylan.
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