[Python-3000] Draft PEP: Using UTF-8 as the default source encoding

Georg Brandl g.brandl at gmx.net
Sun Apr 15 18:53:25 CEST 2007

Martin v. Löwis schrieb:
> I'd like to submit the following PEP for Python 3.
> Regards,
> Martin
> PEP: xxx
> Title: Using UTF-8 as the default source encoding
> Version: $Revision $
> Last-Modified: $Date $
> Author: Martin v. Löwis <martin at v.loewis.de>
> Status: Draft
> Type: Standards Track
> Content-Type: text/x-rst
> Created: 15-Apr-2007
> Python-Version: 3.0
> Post-History:
> Specification
> =============
> This PEP proposes to change the default source encoding from ASCII to
> UTF-8. Support for alternative source encodings [#pep263]_ continues to
> exist; an explicit encoding declaration takes precedence over the
> default.

+1 in general. Do you want to add a sentence or two about the infamous
UTF-8 "BOM"?


Thus spake the Lord: Thou shalt indent with four spaces. No more, no less.
Four shall be the number of spaces thou shalt indent, and the number of thy
indenting shall be four. Eight shalt thou not indent, nor either indent thou
two, excepting that thou then proceed to four. Tabs are right out.

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