[Python-3000-checkins] r58470 - python/branches/py3k/Doc/library/locale.rst

guido.van.rossum python-3000-checkins at python.org
Mon Oct 15 17:42:31 CEST 2007

Author: guido.van.rossum
Date: Mon Oct 15 17:42:31 2007
New Revision: 58470

Update what the locale module documents about string operations.

Modified: python/branches/py3k/Doc/library/locale.rst
--- python/branches/py3k/Doc/library/locale.rst	(original)
+++ python/branches/py3k/Doc/library/locale.rst	Mon Oct 15 17:42:31 2007
@@ -498,26 +498,23 @@
 before the settings have been restored.
 If, when coding a module for general use, you need a locale independent version
-of an operation that is affected by the locale (such as :func:`string.lower`, or
+of an operation that is affected by the locale (such as
 certain formats used with :func:`time.strftime`), you will have to find a way to
 do it without using the standard library routine.  Even better is convincing
 yourself that using locale settings is okay.  Only as a last resort should you
 document that your module is not compatible with non-\ ``C`` locale settings.
-.. index:: module: string
-The case conversion functions in the :mod:`string` module are affected by the
-locale settings.  When a call to the :func:`setlocale` function changes the
-:const:`LC_CTYPE` settings, the variables ``string.lowercase``,
-``string.uppercase`` and ``string.letters`` are recalculated.  Note that code
-that uses these variable through ':keyword:`from` ... :keyword:`import` ...',
-e.g. ``from string import letters``, is not affected by subsequent
-:func:`setlocale` calls.
 The only way to perform numeric operations according to the locale is to use the
 special functions defined by this module: :func:`atof`, :func:`atoi`,
 :func:`format`, :func:`str`.
+There is no way to perform case conversions and character classifications
+according to the locale.  For (Unicode) text strings these are done according
+to the character value only, while for byte strings, the conversions and
+classifications are done according to the ASCII value of the byte, and bytes
+whose high bit is set (i.e., non-ASCII bytes) are never converted or considered
+part of a character class such as letter or whitespace.
 .. _embedding-locale:

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