[issue12342] characters with ord above 65535 fail to display in IDLE

STINNER Victor report at bugs.python.org
Thu Jun 16 00:01:49 CEST 2011

STINNER Victor <victor.stinner at haypocalc.com> added the comment:

> From the discussions here, http://wiki.tcl.tk/1364, it appears that Tcl
> 8.5 (and earlier) does not support Unicode code points outside
> the BMP range as in this example.

Extract of http://wiki.tcl.tk/1364 :

"RS 2008-07-09: Unicode out of BMP (> U+FFFF) requires a deeper rework of Tcl and Tk: we'd need 32 bit chars and/or surrogate pairs. UTF-8 at least can deal with 31-bit Unicodes by principle."

> I don't think there is anything practical IDLE
> or tkinter can do about that.

We might raise an error with better error message than ValueError('unsupported character'), but it's maybe overkill.


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