[Python-Dev] Re: other "magic strings" issues

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Nov 11 15:09:02 EST 2003

> >>http://cvs.sourceforge.net/viewcvs.py/python-codecs/picu/
> > 
> > Is that something we could move into the std lib?
> It's incomplete. When it is completed, yes, perhaps. However,
> ICU itself is *really* large (including the Unicode character
> database, encoding tables for all encodings of the world, and
> locale data for all languages), so we would need to ship that
> as well, or require that it is pre-existing on a system (possible
> for Linux, unrealistic for Windows).

How big would ICU binaries for Windows be?  I don't mind bloating the
Windows installer by a few MB.  As long as it doesn't have to land in

> More realistically, we could expose wcscoll(3) where available,
> which would extend the Python locale model to Unicode (assuming
> the C library uses Unicode in wchar_t).

I don't know what that is, but if you recommend it, I support it.

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

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