[New-bugs-announce] [issue13342] input() builtin always uses "strict" error handler

stefanholek report at bugs.python.org
Fri Nov 4 15:37:14 CET 2011

New submission from stefanholek <stefan at epy.co.at>:

The input builtin always uses "strict" error handling for Unicode conversions. This means that when I enter a latin-1 string in a utf-8 environment, input breaks with a UnicodeDecodeError. Now don't tell me not to do that, I have a valid use-case. ;-)

While "strict" may be a good default choice, it is clearly not sufficient. I would like to propose an optional 'errors' argument to input, similar to the 'errors' argument the decode and encode methods have.

I have in fact implemented such an input method for my own use:

While this solves my immediate needs, the fact that my implementation is basically just a copy of bltinmode.input with one additional argument, makes me think that this could be fixed in Python proper.

There cannot be a reason input() should be confined to "strict", or can there? ;-)

components: Unicode
messages: 147005
nosy: ezio.melotti, stefanholek
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: input() builtin always uses "strict" error handler
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.2, Python 3.3, Python 3.4

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