[Python-3000] How will unicode get used?

Giovanni Bajo rasky at develer.com
Thu Sep 21 12:28:51 CEST 2006

Guido van Rossum wrote:

> I was specifically reacting to your use of the phrasing "I'm very
> tempted to support UTF-8"; this wording suggests that it would be your
> choice to make. I could have pointed out the obvious (that equating
> the difficulty of using UTF-8 with that of using UTF-16 doesn't make
> it so) but I figured the other readers are also tired of your attempts
> to move this into an entirely different direction, and based on a
> thorough lack of understanding of the status quo no less.

Is there a design document explaining the rationale of unicode type, the
status quo? Any time this subject is raised on the mailing list, the net
result is "you guys don't understand unicode". Well, let us know what is
good and what is bad of the current unicode type; what is by design and what
is an implementation detail; what you want to absolutely keep, and what you
want to absolutely change. I am *really* confused about the status quo of
the unicode type (which is why I keep myself out of technical discussions on
the matter of course). Is there any desire to let people understand and join
the discussion?

Or otherwise, let's decide that the unicode type in Py3k will not be
publically discussed and will be handled only by the experts. This would
save us from these "attempts" as well.
Giovanni Bajo

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