[Python-Dev] Generalised String Coercion
tjreedy at udel.edu
Sat Aug 6 22:31:21 CEST 2005
> PEP: 349
> Title: Generalised String Coercion
> Python has had a Unicode string type for some time now but use of
> it is not yet widespread. There is a large amount of Python code
> that assumes that string data is represented as str instances.
> The long term plan for Python is to phase out the str type and use
> unicode for all string data.
This PEP strikes me as premature, as putting the toy wagon before the
horse, since it is premised on a major change to Python, possibly the most
disruptive and controversial ever, being a done deal. However there is, as
far as I could find no PEP on Making Strings be Unicode, let alone a
discussed, debated, and finalized PEP on the subject.
> Clearly, a smooth migration path must be provided.
Of course. But the path depends on the detailed final target, which has
not, as far as I know, has been finalized, and certainly not in the needed
PEP. Your proposal might be part of the transition section of such a PEP
or of a separate migration path PEP.
Terry J. Reedy
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