[I18n-sig] Re: Python and Unicode == Britain and the Euro?
Sun, 11 Feb 2001 16:43:41 -0500
>> The Python Reference Manual says (chapter 2, "Lexical analysis"):
>> Python uses the 7-bit ASCII character set for program text and
>> string literals.
> ...and then says "8-bit characters may be used in string literals
> ad comments but their interpretation is platform dependent".
> for a non-ASCII programmer, that pretty much means "no native
> character set".
Absolutely. That's why the Ref Man also says:
the proper way to insert 8-bit characters in string literals
is by using octal or hexadecimal escape sequences
Note too that Python opens Python source files in C text mode, and C doesn't
guarantee that high-bit characters can be faithfully written to or read back
from text-mode files either.
What's the point? As I said before, the *intent* was that Python source
code use 7-bit ASCII. All we're demonstrating here is the various ways in
which the Ref Man is consistent with that intent. Go beyond that, and if
"it works" you're seeing a platform accident, albeit a reliable accident on
the major Python platforms.