[Python-Dev] str.ascii_lower

Martin v. Loewis martin at v.loewis.de
Mon Dec 29 12:59:18 EST 2003

Guido van Rossum wrote:

> But shouldnt' this work just as well if it's only for encoding names
> (which I'd hope would be ASCII themselves):
> def ascii_lower(s):
>     return str(unicode(s).lower())

Certainly. Another implementation would be

lower_map = string.maketrans(string.ascii_upper,
def ascii_lower(str):
    return str.translate(lower_map)

> This seems more elegant than adding yet more methods to the str type.

Ok. I'll fix it in this direction, then. There would be two copies
of this function that I can see: One for the codecs (which uses
tolower() in C code), and one in the email module.

And yes, codec names must be pure ASCII.


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