[Python-Dev] C API doc fix
robey at lag.net
Thu Sep 29 20:40:11 CEST 2005
Yesterday I ran into a bug in the C API docs. The top of this page:
This type represents a 16-bit unsigned storage type which is
used by Python internally as basis for holding Unicode ordinals. On
platforms where wchar_t is available and also has 16-bits, Py_UNICODE
is a typedef alias for wchar_t to enhance native platform
compatibility. On all other platforms, Py_UNICODE is a typedef alias
for unsigned short.
This is incorrect on some platforms: on Debian, Py_UNICODE turns out
to be 32 bits.
I'm not sure what the correct quote should be: Does python use
wchar_t whenever it's available (16 bits or not)?
I solved my problem by realizing that I was going about things
entirely wrong, and that I should use the python codecs from C and
not worry about what Py_UNICODE contains. However, I think we should
fix the docs to avoid confusing others... or maybe it would be better
to document what's in Py_UNICODE and suggest always using the codec
methods? I don't have a strong opinion either way.
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