[Python-Dev] Optional arguments for str.encode /.decode

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Fri Nov 7 10:31:29 EST 2003

On Fri, 2003-11-07 at 10:24, Alex Martelli wrote:

> We must keep supporting that approach, yes (alas), but maybe it's
> not too late to encourage another alternative style instead?  E.g., have
> some object exposing attributes corresponding to those strings that
> do name codecs, so that while e.g.
>     s.encode('zlib', level=9)
> would have to keep working, the officially encouraged style would be:
>     s.encode(codec.zlib, level=9)
> or something of that ilk...?

If s.encode(codec.notacodec, level=9) throws an AttributeError, then
+1.  Add that to the original idea and +1 all around.


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