[Python-Dev] Printing and __unicode__

Michael Hudson mwh@python.net
14 Nov 2002 12:46:38 +0000

martin@v.loewis.de (Martin v. Loewis) writes:

> "M.-A. Lemburg" <mal@lemburg.com> writes:
> > I think that StringIO and cStringIO should be regarded as
> > binary streams without any encoding knowledge. It is easy
> > enough to wrap these into Unicode aware streams using the
> > codecs.StreamReaderWriter class as is done in codecs.open().
> Then why did you fix that behaviour when you broke it?

Because people had come to rely on it and their code broke in the 2.1
-> 2.2 transition.  I don't think it was intentional.  At least that's
what I remember from the time.

This argument suggests that we perhaps shouldn't change StringIO


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  they way English is spelled, who could trust them on _anything_ that
  had to do with writing things down, anyway?
                                        -- Erik Naggum, comp.lang.lisp