[Python-Dev] Docs for string methods ?
Wed, 5 Jul 2000 13:51:56 +0200
> > > > talking about string methods: how about providing an
> > > > "encode" method for 8-bit strings too?
> > >
> > > I've tossed that idea around a few times too... it could
> > > have the same interface as the Unicode one (without default
> > > encoding though). The only problem is that there are currently
> > > no codecs which could deal with strings on input.
> > imho, a consistent interface is more important than a truly
> > optimal implementation (string are strings yada yada). or in
> > other words,
> > def encode(self, encoding):
> > if encoding is close enough:
> > return self
> > return unicode(self).encode(encoding)
> > ought to be good enough for now.
> Note that 'abc'.encode('utf8') would fail because the UTF-8
> codec expects Unicod on input to its encode method (hmm, perhaps
> I ought to make the method use the 'u' parser marker instead
> of 'U' -- that way, the method would auto-convert the 'abc'
> string to Unicode using the default encoding and then proceed
> to encode it in UTF-8).
sorry, I wasn't clear: the "def encode" snippet above should be
a string method, not a function.
"abc".encode("utf8") would be "return self" if the default encoding
is "ascii" or "utf8", and "return unicode("abc").encode("utf8")" other-