[Python-Dev] Re: Alternative Implementation for PEP 292:SimpleStringSubstitutions

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at pythonware.com
Sat Sep 4 08:23:26 CEST 2004

Raymond Hettinger wrote:
> The PEP was about simplification.  Tossing in unnecessary unicode
> coercions is not in line with that goal.
> Does anyone else think this is a crummy idea?

Yes.  Whatever MAL and Barry thinks, Python's current model is 8+8=8,
U+U=U, and 8+U=U for ascii U.  That's an advantage, not a bug.

> Is everyone ready for unicode coercions to start sprouting everywhere?


And when that time comes, storing everything as 32-bit characters is not the
right answer either.


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