[Python-3000] string module trimming

Jeffrey Yasskin jyasskin at gmail.com
Sat Apr 28 01:59:26 CEST 2007

On 4/18/07, Jim Jewett <jimjjewett at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 4/18/07, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> > On 4/18/07, Jim Jewett <jimjjewett at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Today, string.letters works most easily with ASCII supersets, and is
> > > effectively limited to 8-bit encodings.  Once everything is unicode, I
> > > don't think that 8-bit restriction should apply any more.
> > But we already went over this. There are over 40K letters in Unicode.
> > It simply makes no sense to have a string.letters approaching that
> > size.
> Agreed.  But there aren't 40K (alphabetic) letters in any particular
> locale.  Most individual languages will have less than 100.

Here's a relevant bunch of data from the CLDR:

Jeffrey Yasskin

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