[Python-Dev] Relaxing Unicode error handling

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Sat Jan 3 11:41:20 EST 2004

> People keep complaining that they get Unicode errors
> when funny characters start showing up in their inputs.
> In some cases, these people would apparantly be happy
> if Python would just "keep going", IOW, they want to
> get moji-bake (garbled characters), instead of
> exceptions that abort their applications.
> I'd like to add a static property unicode.errorhandling,
> which defaults to "strict". Applications could set this
> to "replace" or "ignore", silencing the errors, and
> risking loss of data.
> What do you think?

This is a global default, right?  Seems to work for the socket
timeout; I think the case for a global default is similar.

So +eps from me (no more than epsilon because I'm not a Unicode user

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

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