[Python-Dev] other "magic strings" issues

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Fri Nov 7 17:47:37 EST 2003

> How about a strtools module?  I was thinking that constants like 
> ascii_letters could go there along with an implementation of join() that 
> took arguments in an obvious way (or at least the way everyone seems to 
> request it).  Barry's string replacement function could also go there 
> (the one using $; wasn't it agreed that interpolation was the wrong term 
> to use or something?).
> This would prevent polluting the str type too much plus remove any 
> hindrance that there necessarily be a mirror value for Unicode since the 
> docs can explicitly state it only works for str in those cases.

Do we have an indication that the str type is getting polluted too
much?  Apart from the locale-specific things and maketrans, what else
wouldn't work for Unicode that's currently under consideration?

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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