[Python-Dev] Generalised String Coercion

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Mon Aug 8 17:41:57 CEST 2005

On Sun, Aug 07, 2005, Neil Schemenauer wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 06, 2005 at 06:56:39PM -0700, Guido van Rossum wrote:
>> My first response to the PEP, however, is that instead of a new
>> built-in function, I'd rather relax the requirement that str() return
>> an 8-bit string
> Do you have any thoughts on what the C API would be?  It seems to me
> that PyObject_Str cannot start returning a unicode object without a
> lot of code breakage.  I suppose we could introduce a function
> called something like PyObject_String.

OTOH, should Guido change his -1 on text(), that leads to the obvious
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