[Python-3000] locale-aware strings ?

Jim Jewett jimjjewett at gmail.com
Wed Sep 6 18:50:24 CEST 2006

On 9/4/06, David Hopwood <david.nospam.hopwood at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:

> The issue is not simplicity of implementation; it is what will provide
> the simplest usage model in the long term. If new files are encoded in X
> just because most of a user's existing files are encoded in X, then how is
> the user supposed to migrate to a different encoding? ...

> In practice, the system charset is often set to the charset that should
> be used as a fallback *for applications that do not support Unicode*.

Are you assuming that most uses of open will be for new files, *and*
that these files will not also be read by such unicode-ignorant

Since we're only talking about text files that do not have an explicit
encoding, I can barely imagine *either* of these conditions being


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