[Python-Dev] PEP 332 revival in coordination with pep 349? [ Was:Re: release plan for 2.5 ?]

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Wed Feb 15 02:30:29 CET 2006

Guido van Rossum wrote:

> The only remaining question is what if anything to do with an
> encoding argment when the first argument is of type str...)

 From what you said earlier about str in 2.x being
interpretable as a unicode string which contains
only ascii, it seems to me that if you say

   bytes(s, encoding)

where s is a str, then by the presence of the encoding
argument you're saying that you want s to be treated as
unicode and encoded using the specified encoding.
So the result should be the same as

   bytes(u, encoding)

where u is a unicode string containing the same code
points as s. This implies that it should be an error
if s contains non-ascii characters.

This interpretation would satisfy the requirement for
a single call signature covering both unicode and
str-used-as-ascii-characters, while providing a
different call signature (without encoding) for

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