[Python-Dev] Re: test_unicode_file failing on Mac OS X

Martin v. Löwis martin at v.loewis.de
Wed Dec 10 12:16:15 EST 2003

Scott David Daniels <Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org> writes:

> Still not disgusting, _but_ unicode strings must hash equal to
> the corresponding "plain" string.  I am not certain about this
> requirement for non-ASCII characters, but I expect we are stuck
> with matching hashes in the range ord(' ') through ord('~') and
> probably for all character values from 0 through 127.

Strictly speaking, unicode and byte strings must hash equal if they
convert to each other through the system encoding. As a side effect,
this really means that the system encoding currently must be ASCII, as
the current hash function won't otherwise hash equal (latin-1 may also
be correct as the system encoding).

Fortunately, plain ASCII strings are in all applicable normal forms


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