[Python-Dev] Re: PEP: Defining Python Source Code Encodings

Bruce Sass bsass@freenet.edmonton.ab.ca
Tue, 17 Jul 2001 12:31:24 -0600 (MDT)

On Tue, 17 Jul 2001, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
> - which format to use for the magic comment, e.g.
>   * Emacs style:
>       #!/usr/bin/python
>       # -*- encoding = 'utf-8' -*-

This should work for everyone, but will it confuse emacs?.
I suppose, "# # ...", or "### ...", or almost any short sequence
starting with "#" will work, eh.

>   * Via meta-option to the interpreter:
>       #!/usr/bin/python --encoding=utf-8

This will require editing if python is not in /usr/bin, and can not be
used to pass more than one argument to the command (python, in this

>   * Using a special comment format:
>       #!/usr/bin/python
>       #!encoding = 'utf-8'

This is confusing, and will only work on *nix (linux?) iff it is the
second (or later) line; if it is the first line... it will fail
because there is probably no executable named "encoding" available,
and if there is, "= 'utf8'" is unlikely to exist.

Avoid character sequences that have other meanings in this context.

I think this should be done as a generic method for pre-processing
Python source before the compiler/interpreter has a look at it.


	# ## encoding utf-8

triggers whatever you encoding fans want,

	# ## format noweb

runs the source through a filter which can extract code noweb marked
up code, and maybe even installs the weaved docs and tangled code
(via distutils?)

	# ## MySpecialMarkup

runs the source through a filter named MySpecialMarkup.
MySpecialMarkup could be anything: extensions to docstrings, a
proprietary binary format, an entire package-in-a-file!

Generally:  #<magic> <directive> [<arguments>]

If Python does not know what the <directive> is it should either look
in a set location for a program of the same name then use its output as
the source, or look into a table that maps <directive> to a procedure
which results in Python source.

- Bruce