[XML-SIG] Re: [I18n-sig] Re: [Python-Dev] Unicode debate
Tue, 2 May 2000 20:44:41 +0200 (CEST)
Paul Prescod writes:
> The fact that my proposal has the same effect as making Latin-1 the
> "default encoding" is a near-term side effect of the definition of
> Unicode. My long term proposal is to do away with the concept of 8-bit
> strings (and thus, conversions from 8-bit to Unicode) altogether. One
> string to rule them all!
Why must this be a long term proposal?
I would find it quite attractive, when
* the old string type became an imutable list of bytes
* automatic conversion between byte lists and unicode strings
were performed via user customizable conversion functions
(a la __import__).