[Python-Dev] Re: Unicode in doctests

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at pythonware.com
Fri Dec 3 14:38:04 CET 2004

Bjorn Tillenius wrote:
> There are some issues regarding the use of unicode in doctests. Consider
> the following three tests.
>    >>> foo = u'föö'
>    >>> foo
>    u'f\xf6\xf6'
>    >>> foo
>    u'f\u00f6\u00f6'
>    >>> foo
>    u'föö'
> To me, those are identical.

really?  if a function is expected to print "öl", is it alright to print
"\u00f6l" instead?  wouldn't you complain if your newspaper used
Unicode escapes in headlines instead of Swedish characters?

> Is it supposed to be like this, or have I missed something? If I could
> specify the encoding for DocFileSuite to use, I would at least be
> partially happy.

repr() always generates the same output, no matter what encoding
you use.  just use repr, and you're done.


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