[Python-Dev] Unicode

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Tue, 30 Apr 2002 08:59:58 -0400

> Jack Jansen <Jack.Jansen@oratrix.com> writes:
> > It could be argued that open(..., 'r').read() returns a text string
> > and open(..., 'rb').read() returns a binary blob.
> That can't work: to get a text string, you need to know the encoding.
> Regards,
> Martin

In my ideal rewrite of the I/O subsystem, an encoding is specified (or
a site-or-app-specific default encoding used) when a file is opened.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)