[Python-Dev] Encoding of 8-bit strings and Python source code

Fredrik Lundh fredrik@pythonware.com
Wed, 26 Apr 2000 11:00:03 +0200

> Sorry, all this proposal does is change the default encoding on
> conversions from UTF-8 to Latin-1.  That's very
> western-culture-centric.

That decision was made by ISO and the Unicode consortium, not
me. I don't know why, and I don't really care -- I'm arguing that
strings should contain characters, just like the language reference
says, and that all characters should be from the same character
repertoire and use the same character codes.

From the user's perspective, that's the way it's done in Perl, Tcl,
XML, Java, and Windows.

But alright, I give up.  I've wasted way too much time on this, my
patches were rejected, and nobody seems to care.  Not exactly