[Python-Dev] fun with unicode, part 1

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Tue, 02 May 2000 08:19:38 -0400

>    Yes, although I think that wasn't the case with Win16 and there are still
> some situations in which you have to deal with the differences. Copying a
> file from the console on Windows 95 to a FAT volume appears to allow use of
> the OEM character set with no conversion.

BTW, MS's use of code pages is full of shit.  Yesterday I was
spell-checking a document that had the name Andre in it (the accent
was missing).  The popup menu suggested Andr* where the * was an upper
case slashed O.  I first thought this was because the menu character
set might be using a different code page, but no -- it must have been
bad in the database, because selecting that entry from the menu
actually inserted the slashed O character.  So they must have been
maintaining their database with a different code page.

Just to indicate that when we sort out the rest of the Unicode debate
(which I'm sure we will :-) there will still be surprises on

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)