[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 02:59:24 CET 2006

Guido van Rossum wrote:
> On 2/13/06, Phillip J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
>>At 04:29 PM 2/13/2006 -0800, Guido van Rossum wrote:
>>>On 2/13/06, Phillip J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
>>>What would bytes("abc\xf0", "latin-1") *mean*? 
>>I'm saying that XXX would be the same encoding as you specified.  i.e.,
>>including an encoding means you are encoding the *meaning* of the string.

No, this is wrong. As I understand it, the encoding
argument to bytes() is meant to specify how to *encode*
characters into the bytes object. If you want to be able
to specify how to *decode* a str argument as well, you'd
need a third argument.

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