Guido van Rossum
Fri, 26 Apr 2002 12:26:39 -0400
> How so? In theory, all the ways you write string constructors today
> would eventually map to Unicode objects. I'm thinking of string
> literals and constructor functions. That can be handled with the
> usual "warn for awhile" mechanism. The array module could be used
> to manipulate mutable arrays of 8-bit data. While permeating the
> Python innards with Unicode objects would be a major change I don't
> see any big syntactic changes - or is that not what worries you?
No syntactic changes, no. But the way we do things would become
significantly different. And think of binary I/O vs. textual I/O --
currently, file.read() returns a string. Code dealing with binary
files will look significantly different, and old code won't work.
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)