[Python-Dev] Support for "wide" Unicode characters

Greg Ewing greg@cosc.canterbury.ac.nz
Mon, 02 Jul 2001 14:36:39 +1200 (NZST)

Just van Rossum <just@letterror.com>:

> My difficulty with PEP 261 is that I'm afraid few people will actually enable
> 32-bit support (*what*?! all unicode strings become 32 bits wide? no way!),
> therefore making programs non-portable in very subtle ways.

I agree. This can only be a stopgap measure. Ultimately the
Unicode type needs to be made smarter.

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