[Python-Dev] unicodeobject.c,2.139,2.140 checkin

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Fri, 26 Apr 2002 18:48:07 +0200

Guido van Rossum wrote:
> > In the long run, I think that the Unicode type should be
> > used for all text data and strings for binary data of unknown
> > encoding.
> I think you're underestimating the tenacity of ASCII and Latin-1.

This has nothing to do with a particular encoding, it's about
meta data: much like you can use numbers to represent e.g. money
or date/time values, you always need to store this meta 
information somewhere and object types are the ideal carrier for 
such meta data.

It's an option which everybody working in the application
space should consider. If you start working this way now, 
it'll pay off a few years ahead regardeless of whether it
is useful for you now or not.

Marc-Andre Lemburg
CEO eGenix.com Software GmbH
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