[Python-3000] Pre-PEP: Easy Text File Decoding

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Sun Sep 10 19:11:46 CEST 2006

On 9/10/06, Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk <qrczak at knm.org.pl> wrote:
> Here is a counter-proposal.
> There is a variable sys.default_encoding. It's used by file opening
> functions when the encoding is not specified explicitly, among others.
> Its initial value is set in site.py with a site-specific algorithm.

This doesn't seem to allow guessing based on the file's contents. That
seems intentional from your part, but I believe it makes for way too
many disappointing user experiences.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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