[Python-Dev] Re: [I18n-sig] Changes to gettext.py for Python 2.3

Barry Warsaw barry@python.org
16 Apr 2003 12:53:53 -0400

On Sat, 2003-04-12 at 06:34, Martin v. L÷wis wrote:
> Barry Warsaw <barry@python.org> writes:
> > I suppose we could cache the conversion to make the next lookup more
> > efficient.  Alternatively, if we always convert internally to Unicode we
> > could encode on .gettext().  Then we could just pick One Way and do away
> > with the coerce flag.
> If you are concerned about efficiency, I guess there is no way to
> avoid converting the file to Unicode on loading. I would then
> encourage a change where this flag is available, but has an effect
> only on performance, not on the behaviour.
> Alternatively, you could subclass GNUTranslation.

It would take some refactoring, unless you implemented a second pass
over the catalog.  I'd rather not do either, so I'm happy to include
this right in GNUTranslations.