[Numpy-discussion] proposal: smaller representation of string arrays

Chris Barker - NOAA Federal chris.barker at noaa.gov
Tue Apr 25 18:50:05 EDT 2017

Actually, for what it's worth, the FITS spec says that in such values
trailing spaces are not significant, see page 7:
But they're not really relevant to numpy's situation, because as here you
need to do elaborate de-quoting before they can go into a data structure.
What I was wondering was whether people have data lying around with
fixed-width fields where the strings are space-padded, so that numpy needs
to support that.

I would say whether to strip space-padded strings should be the reader's
problem, not numpy's

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