[Python-Dev] Adding .decode() method to Unicode

Barry A. Warsaw barry@digicool.com
Tue, 12 Jun 2001 14:35:10 -0400

>>>>> "MvL" == Martin v Loewis <martin@loewis.home.cs.tu-berlin.de> writes:

    MvL> What is the type of parts[3] here? If it is a plain string,
    MvL> it is already possible:

    >> 'SGVsbG8=\n'.decode("base64")
    MvL> 'Hello'

But only in Python 2.2a0 currently, right?  And yes, the type is plain

    MvL> I doubt you'd ever have a Unicode string that represents a
    MvL> base64-encoded byte string, and if you had, .decode would
    MvL> probably do the wrong thing:

    >> import codecs enc,dec,_,_ = codecs.lookup("base64")
    >> dec(u'SGVsbG8=\n')
    MvL> ('Hello', 9)

    MvL> Note that this returns a byte string, not a Unicode string.

I trust you on that. ;)  I've only played with this tangentially since
this thread cropped up.