[Python-Dev] Allowing u.encode() to return non-strings
"Martin v. Löwis"
martin at v.loewis.de
Sat Jun 19 12:22:38 EDT 2004
Jeremy Hylton wrote:
> Who cares about the type inference <0.2 wink>. It's harder for the
> reader of the program to understand if encode() returns a different
> type. Would there be some common property that all encode() return
> values would share? Can't think of one myself.
No. In addition, the stream codec classes become meaningless
(StreamReader, StreamWriter), as they are supposed to return
a concatenation of encoding results - however, there is no
guarantee that the encoding results even can be concatenated.
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