[Python-Dev] iconv codec

Martin v. L÷wis martin@v.loewis.de
01 Apr 2003 01:11:16 +0200

Guido van Rossum <guido@python.org> writes:

> But given that it's only got a small audience, a 3rd party module
> would satisfy the need just as well, right?

The audience is actually quite large: any call to <unicodestr>.encode
could invoke this codec, if Python does not provide a builtin codec.

This includes, in particular, all CJK codecs. 

Together with a platform-specific codec wrapper for Windows and OS X,
the need to package Python-specific CJK codecs (with the size and
maintenance issues that come with them) might vanish.