[Python-Dev] --disable-unicode (Tests and unicode)

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Mon Oct 3 13:49:20 CEST 2005

Reinhold Birkenfeld wrote:
> Martin v. Löwis wrote:
>>>Whether we think it should be supported depends
>>on who "we" is, as with all these minor features: some think it is
>>a waste of time, some think it should be supported if reasonably
>>possible, and some think this a conditio sine qua non. It certainly
>>isn't a release-critical feature.
> Correct. I'll see if I have the time.

Is the added complexity needed to support not having Unicode support
compiled into Python really worth it ?

I know that Martin introduced this feature a long time ago,
so he will have had a reason for it.

Today, I think the situation has changed: computers have more
memory, are faster and the need to integrate (e.g. via XML)
is stronger than ever - and maybe we should consider removing
the option to get a cleaner code base with fewer #ifdefs
and SyntaxErrors from the standard lib.

What do you think ?

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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